Murder trial moved to Arundel venueThe murder trial of...

COURT DOCKET

September 16, 1992

WESTMINSTER — Murder trial moved to Arundel venue

The murder trial of Michael C. Bryson, a 25-year-old Carroll County man charged with killing the owner of a Melrose hardware store, will be moved to Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ruled Monday.

Mr. Bryson said during pretrial motions last week that he would not be able to obtain "a fair and impartial trial" in Carroll County.

In capital punishment cases, state law gives the defense or the prosecution the right to have the trial moved to another jurisdiction upon request.

State's Attorney Thomas Hickman is seeking the death penalty, so the judge had to comply with Mr. Bryson's request.

Mr. Bryson was charged with first-degree murder and robbery in connection with the March 25 shotgun death of Charles W. Therit. He was arrested April 6 after police found his fingerprints on the casing of the shotgun shell used in the fatal shooting.

A trial date has not been set, according to the criminal division of Anne Arundel Circuit Court.

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