On Dec. 20, 1990, a weary Robert Alston dozed off in a barber chair only to be awakened by gunfire. When Mr. Alston came to his senses, he discovered that the barber, James Remsburg, had been shot dead.
Mr. Alston, 54, testified yesterday in the trial of Renard Wheeler, 19, who has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a deadly weapon. Mr. Remsburg was slain during a robbery at his barbershop in the 3000 block of Greenmount Avenue.
Mr. Alston, a heavy-equipment operator for the city, told a Baltimore Circuit Court jury that he went to the crowded barbershop after work and spent hours waiting for his haircut. He recalled the shooting this way: