Witnesses at Tirado trial describe bloodstained car

June 20, 1991|By Michael J. Clark | Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun

Nearly 90 minutes after Cpl. Theodore D. Wolf was murdered on Interstate 95, a cook came across the getaway car allegedly used by the killer parked behind the Lansdowne delicatessen where he worked.

There were bloodstains inside the light blue, 1988 Chevy Nova and burned papers identified as a state police traffic warning book nearby, according to testimony yesterday in the Howard County Circuit Court trial for Joseph Tirado, 27, of the Bronx, N.Y.

Tirado is being tried in the March29, 1990, murder of Corporal Wolf in a jury trial before Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. that is expected to last at least six weeks.

The car, which prosecutors said was stolen from Alexandria, Va., and operated by the killer, was discovered at 4:55 a.m. behind Victor's Place delicatessen in the 3100 block of Hollins Ferry Road by Mahoud Khatib, a cook who opened the store.

Cpl. Raymond Leonard, a state police crime scene technician said he found bloodstains on the front passenger door frame and on the front passenger seat of the car. He also found the remains of a state police warning book.

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