WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the conviction and sentence of Maryland death row inmate Tyrone Gilliam, convicted of the 1988 shotgun murder of Christine Doerfler.
Doerfler, 21, was murdered during a $3 robbery because she saw the killer's face.
The court let stand rulings that Gilliam received a fair trial and a proper sentence.
Prosecutors said Doerfler, of Baltimore, was abducted Dec. 2, 1988, by Gilliam and two accomplices, Tony and Kelvin Drummond, at the end of a weekend crime spree. She was accosted in a parking lot outside her sister's home in Perry Hall.
They forced her to drive to a secluded road on Gum Spring Road near Rossville, where she was robbed and killed.