Testimony To Start Next Week In Trial For '89 Double Slaying

Hardingcharged With Shooting Couple Out Of Jealousy

July 17, 1991|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff writer

Testimony is expected to begin next week in the murder trial of a man accused of a double killing two years ago at a Columbia apartment complex.

Walter Thomas Harding, 29, of Jessup, is charged with shooting his former girlfriend, Carmini S. Jackson, and Charles Andre Mann, both 21, in what police describe as a crime of jealousy and anger.

Both victims were shot once in the chest in the early morning of June 29, 1989, in the parking lot of the Guilford Gardens apartment complex, in the 7200 block of Oakland Mills Road.

Harding has pleaded innocent to the charges.

The state is seeking the death penaltyin the case. Jury selection began Monday.

Witnesses to the 1:30 a.m. killings told police that Jackson was in a car in the parking lotand Mann was seated on a curb a short distance away, court records show.

Harding arrived at the complex and said, "What did I tell you, what did I tell you?" before fatally shooting the victims, witnesses told police. Four shots were fired.

Upset that Jackson had been dating Mann, Harding allegedly killed the couple out of jealousy, police said.

After the shooting, Harding ran to Jackson's mother's apartment in the Guilford Gardens complex and said he had shot her daughter and she needed help, court records show. Jackson and her baby lived with her mother.

Harding told police officers at the scene that he was attempting to help the victims, police said.

At 6:40 a.m., about five hours after the shootings, police received a call from Walter Harding's brother, Emerson Harding, who said that his .38-caliber revolver was missing from his home, where he lived with his brother, court records show.

Police recovered the revolver, with four spent cartridges, behind Jackson's apartment building at Guilford Gardens.

On the evening of June 28, Harding visited the home of CarminiJackson's father and threatened to kill his daughter, court records show.

Court records show there were at least five witnesses to theshooting, and several knew Harding by sight and name. One witness unacquainted with Harding identified him as the shooter shortly after the incident, court records show.

Harding had been sentenced previously to five years in prison for assault with intent to rape, police said. Since his arrest, he has been held without bond in the Howard County Detention Center.

Jury selection will continue through Friday, and opening arguments are scheduled to begin on Monday, said assistant state's attorney Bernard L. Taylor.

The trial is expected to last four to six weeks.

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