Murder Trial Opens

Court docket

March 15, 1992

WESTMINSTER — Opening testimony in the murder trial of a 74-year-old North Baltimore woman whose body was found in a Hampstead cornfield is expected tobegin tomorrow in Carroll Circuit Court.

Abras Morrison, the first of two defendants to stand trial, faces first-degree murder and kidnapping charges.

Morrison, of the 6000 block of Lanette Road near Rosedale in Baltimore County, is in Baltimore City Jail on $1 million bond, as is hisfriend, Troy Dominic Shellington, of the 3600 block of Cottage Avenue.

Both men were charged in August with the murder and kidnapping of Margaret Cullen, whose beaten, stabbed and decomposed body was found near a cornfield along Route 30.

In recent suppression hearings, confessions from both men were ruled admissible for their trials.

Morrison was house-sitting for Cullen at her Homeland residence while her husband, a retired dentist, was hospitalized. Morrison also isaccused of stealing one of Cullen's checks and forging a $2,000 payment to himself.

Shellington's trial is set for March 30.

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ROBBERY NETS 6 YEARS

WESTMINSTER -- A Winchester, Va., man serving six years in federal prison was sentenced last week to six years in prison for the armed robbery of a Taylorsville High's dairy store.

Charles Franklin Adams III, 24, pleaded guilty to the October robbery, in which he stole $65 at gunpoint from the Ridge Roadstore. He pleaded guilty March 5 in Circuit Court.

Adams had confessed to the robbery, according to court records. During the robbery,he announced to two clerks at the store, "This is a robbery. I have a gun. Give me the money," the records say.

On Thursday, Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck sentenced Adams to six years, to be served concurrently with the federal sentence imposed in U.S. District Court on Feb. 13. The sentence is to be served at a federal jail.

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Here is a compilation of some recent sentences imposed in Carroll County courts:

Circuit Court

Rebecca Knots: Three years in the Department of Corrections, all but 6 months in the Carroll Detention Center suspended, work release, Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr., possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, March 5.

Dennis DeShong: Five years in the Department of Corrections, all suspended, five years supervised probation, Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold, child abuse, Feb. 27.

Charles Hammond: Probation before judgment, one year unsupervised probation, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., malicious destruction, Feb. 26.

Jeffrey Hawse: Probation before judgment, three years probation, one year in the Drinking Drivers Monitoring Program, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., driving while intoxicated, Feb. 25.

Teresa Kline: Three years supervised probation, Circuit Court Francis M. Arnold, possession of controlled dangerous substance, Feb. 27.

Kimberly Mann: Probation before judgment, one yearunsupervised probation, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., theft, bad check, Feb. 24.

John Parnell: Probation before judgment, three years unsupervised probation, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., Feb. 26.

Bruce Reemer: Probation terminated, Circuit Court Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., violation of probation hearing on a battery conviction, Feb.24.

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