Scoates Sentencing Postponed

October 30, 1991|By Staff report

The sentencing of Ronald Lamar Scoates, a 31-year-old Annapolis man convicted of first-degree murder, has been postponed until Nov. 18.

The delay in sentencing, which was scheduled to begin today, is to allow for a pre-sentence investigation of Scoates, Assistant State's Attorney William D. Roessler said yesterday. A Queen Anne's County jury Monday found Scoates guilty in the July 9, 1990, robbery and murder of 52-year-old Robert Austin Bell, who was found stabbed to death in his Crownsville home. The robbery earned Scoates $50 in change.

In asking the jury to condemn Scoates to the gas chamber, Roessler is expected to present evidence that Scoates has a prior convictionfor second-degree murder in Florida.

Bell had briefly allowed Scoates to live in his home when Scoates was paroled in April 1990 afterserving fewer than seven years of a 35-year sentence for the earliermurder conviction.

The trial was moved to Queen Anne's County at the request of Scoates' lawyers. State law grants a defendant in a capital case an automatic change of venue on request.

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