Trial beginning in death of girl, 6 Severna Park man accused in fatal shooting.

January 28, 1992|By Alisa Samuels UZB

A 20-year-old Severna Park man was to go on trial today in Baltimore Circuit Court in connection with the death of a 6-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet during a gun battle on a West Baltimore street last summer.

Guy Bernard Wilson, of the 300 block of Jennings Road, has pleaded not guilty in the July 9 shooting, the prosecutor said.

He faces several charges, including first-degree murder and a handgun violation, the prosecutor said.

Mr. Wilson is being held without bail at the Baltimore Detention Center.

A second man, Arthur Felton, 19, was arrested by New York City police at his sister's home in Brooklyn Jan. 19. New York police executed a Baltimore arrest warrant charging him with first-degree murder and a handgun violation in connection with the girl's death. Mr. Felton was arrested after police received a tip on his whereabouts, a New York police spokesman said.

Mr. Felton has refused to waive extradition to Maryland, said a spokesman in the New York district attorney's office. Baltimore police will have to file a fugitive warrant to have Mr. Felton transported here to face the murder charges, the spokesman said. The governor of New York must sign the warrant.

On July 9, 6-year-old Tiffany Smith was hit in the head by a stray bullet as two gunmen fired at each other in the 1800 block of North Rosedale St. She was playing on the street when the gunfire erupted in the drug-infested neighborhood.

The day after the girl's death, Mr. Wilson surrendered to police.

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