Defense lawyers oppose joint carjacking trial

October 14, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

Lawyers for two Washington men charged in the brutal carjacking death of a Savage woman are fighting prosecutors' efforts for a joint trial.

Howard Circuit Court Judge Dennis Sweeney is reviewing arguments to determine if a single trial is appropriate for Rodney Eugene Soloman, 26, and Bernard Eric Miller, 16.

Each is charged with first-degree murder and 18 other counts in the death of Pam Basu. Dr. Basu was dragged to her death after the defendants allegedly forced her from her car on Sept. 8 and drove off with Dr. Basu entangled in a seat belt.

Both are being held without bond in the detention center.

Assistant State's Attorneys Joseph Murtha and Christine Gage, in charge of the cases, say one trial makes sense because they plan to use the same evidence and witnesses against both.

Defense lawyers David George and Laurack Bray, representing Mr. Miller, and Mr. Soloman's public defender, Carol Hanson, filed separate responses Oct. 5 opposing such a move. The attorneys contend their clients will be "prejudiced" by evidence produced against the other defendant if there is one trial.

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