Court refuses to hear death-row appeal

April 28, 1992|By Lyle Denniston | Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Maryland death row inmate Kevin Wiggins, convicted of the 1988 murder of an elderly woman at a Baltimore County apartment project where he worked as a painter, failed to get his case before the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday.

Without explanation, the court declined to hear a constitutional challenge to his death sentence, imposed by Baltimore County Circuit Judge William Hinkel in October 1989.

Wiggins had been convicted by the judge, in a trial without a jury, of killing Florence Lacs, 77, by drowning her in her bathtub at the Clark Manor Apartments in Woodlawn on Sept. 17, 1988.

Her apartment had been robbed, and Wiggins later drove her car around to go shopping, used her credit cards and pawned her ring.

Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty, but offered to drop that request if Wiggins would agree to plead guilty and get a life prison sentence. When he refused, the trial went ahead. He was convicted and sentenced to die.

No date has been set for Wiggins' execution.

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