Jury finds man guilty in Westview Mall killing

October 25, 1991|By Sheridan Lyons

A Woodlawn man was found guilty of murder yesterday by a Baltimore County jury in the fatal shooting and $10 robbery of Jane Frances Tyson June 6 on the back lot of Westview Mall, where she had taken two of her grandchildren to buy shoes.

Gregory Lawrence, 34, of Cheviot Court, who was accused of being the getaway driver in a robbery that turned to murder, was convicted of first-degree murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation.

The jury deliberated for 5 1/2 hours before returning the verdict at 10:30 p.m. Lawrence could get up to life without parole at his sentencing Jan. 13.

Lawrence testified yesterday that he had taken the other defendant to buy a tape for a videocassette recorder at the mall and had nothing to do with the crime.

Mrs. Tyson, 49, of Westview Park, an instructional aide at Riverview Elementary School, died of a gunshot wound in the head as she was entering her car with two young grandchildren.

Wesley Baker, 33, the man accused of actually shooting Mrs. Tyson, will be tried later on the same charges.

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