Trial of 2nd murder suspect tomorrow

September 20, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The murder trial of the second man charged with slaying a north Baltimore woman in a Hampstead cornfield is set to begin tomorrow in Circuit Court.

Troy D. Shellington, 21, of the 3600 block of Cottage Ave. in West Baltimore, is to appear before a jury at 10 a.m. in connection with the death of 74-year-old Margaret E. Cullen, who was found last August in a cornfield along Md. 30.

A Carroll jury convicted Mr. Shellington's friend, Abras Morrison, 21, of the 6000 block of Lanette Road in Baltimore County, of first-degree murder and seven related charges after nine hours of deliberation on Aug. 25.

Morrison had made a tape-recorded confession to Baltimore police last August that implicated Mr. Shellington. Michael Kaplan, Morrison's lawyer, failed to convince the jury that authorities took the statement incorrectly.

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

Authorities believe that when Mrs. Cullen reported the forgery to police, Morrison and Mr. Shellington kidnapped and killed her after forcing her instruct bank authorities not to pursue the forgery investigation.

Morrison faces life in prison without parole when he is sentenced Oct. 22.

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