Convicted killer complains about his defense Man found guilty of murder complains about his lawyer.

March 12, 1991|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff

After a Baltimore County Circuit Court jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the Nov. 16 slaying of a 75-year-old Sparks man, Thomas E. Crawford had something to say.

"I'm totally not satisfied with my defense," Crawford, 31, said angrily as he stood next to defense attorney John L. Calhoun. "He did absolutely nothing that I asked him to do," Crawford said of the lawyer.

Judge Thomas Bollinger asked Crawford what he meant, and the defendant replied, "There was a lot of evidence that was not brought up."

"You may retain counsel of your choosing," said Bollinger, adding that until Crawford does, Calhoun will continue to represent him.

The jury of nine women and three men also convicted Crawford of felony murder and related charges.

Bollinger scheduled sentencing April 11.

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence without parole for Crawford, of the 5100 block of Ardmore Way in northeast Baltimore.

Evidence showed that Crawford posed with his live-in girlfriend as a couple in need of assistance last Nov. 16 in a scheme to rob Harold Leon Webb and Joanne Hurst Webb, of the 16000 block of York Road.

FTC During the incident, Harold Webb, a retired contractor, was fatally shot five times. His wife, 66, testified during the trial that she struck Crawford with a cordless phone and chased him out of her house as he fired shots at her.

A bullet passed through her nightgown, but she was unhurt.

Prosecutors contend that Cynthia L. Levering, 28, Crawford's girlfriend, fired the shots that killed Webb. Her murder trial was scheduled to begin today.

Yesterday, Crawford's attorney appeared physically shaken by his client's outburst, which he said was totally unexpected.

"He's never expressed any unhappiness prior to this," said Calhoun, who was hired by the public defender's office to represent Crawford.

"We did everything we could for him," Calhoun continued. "We put on [the witness stand] just about everybody we possibly could. We dug up witnesses even the police didn't know about."

S. Ann Brobst, one of two assistant county state's attorneys prosecuting the case, said she also was puzzled by Crawford's attack on Calhoun. "I thought he did fine," she said of the defense attorney.

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