Baltimorean guilty as accessory in 1991 Pasadena murder

July 01, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

A Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday to being an accessory after the fact to the murder of a man shot last November in Pasadena.

Charles E. Pannell, 47, had been charged with first-degree murder, along with Lawrence Banks of Baltimore, in the Nov. 19, 1991, death of Michael J. Chisholm.

Chisholm's body was found on the side of Alpine Beach Road by a woman walking her dog.

At yesterday's hearing before Circuit Judge Bruce C. Williams, Assistant State's Attorney Warren W. Davis III said Pannell was present at the time of the murder but did not commit it.

According to the police investigation, Banks, Pannell and Chisholm were drinking at the home of a relative of Chisholm's late in the evening of Nov. 18.

The three men later went to Banks' home in Baltimore, where a witness said they began looking at a map of Anne Arundel County.

The three men drove to a remote area in Pasadena in the early morning hours, allegedly looking for drugs and money.

When the men got out to relieve themselves, investigators say, Banks pushed Chisholm and shot him once in the head.

Banks allegedly told Pannell that he was going to make sure Chisholm was dead, then shot him again in the head.

After Pannell entered the guilty plea to being an accessory to murder, charges of murder, a handgun violation and conspiracy were dropped.

He faces a maximum of five years in prison and will be sentenced Aug. 21.

Banks, 39, is awaiting trial in Baltimore on first-degree murder charges arising from this case and an earlier charge in Baltimore County that he murdered his 17-year-old son, who was scheduled to testify against him in a sexual abuse case.

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