Death Penalty Sought For Sport Shop Killings

February 09, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly says he will seek the death penalty for a 19-year-old man charged with killing two elderly sisters during a robbery at their Havre de Grace sporting goods store in October.

Kenneth R. Brodt of Creswell was indicted Tuesday by a Harford grand jury on two counts of first-degree murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, theft and two weapons charges.

Following the grand jury session, Brodt was served the indictmentand notice of the death penalty at the county detention center, where he is being held without bond.

Brodt is accused of killing Bessie Urban Mitchell, 73, of Havre de Grace and Emily Urban Hamby, 75, ofAberdeen during a midday robbery of the Sportsman's Center on Oct. 18.

"I can't say the indictment or the death notice comes as a surprise," said Carl R. Schlaich, one of the lawyers representing Brodt.

Fellow defense attorney Lester V. Jones has said he will produce evidence showing that someone else committed the murders and the robbery. But state police detectives said they have determined that Brodt,a truck driver for an Edgewood company, acted alone.

The unmarried father of a 16-month-old boy, Brodt was arrested in January following a three-month investigation by state police investigators who got their break in the case when they received a telephone call from Brodt's father, Ronald Brodt.

Ronald Brodt called the state police at the Benson barracks after his son showed him two guns that he said hefound in a field.

The suspect's father told the duty officer at the barracks that he was considering buying a handgun and wanted to make sure it wasn't stolen. The trooper ran the gun's serial number through a computer and discovered it had been stolen from the Sportsman's Center.

The trooper transferred the call to one of the detectives handling the investigation. The detective knew the elder Brodt and recognized his voice, although the man did not give his name.

Police later went to the Brodt family's home in the 2800 block of Henley Drive, southeast of Bel Air, to arrest the younger Brodt and questionhis father and a man who rents a basement apartment at the house.

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