Bowie man again on trial in 1987 slaying Appeal court voided conviction

October 28, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A Bowie man is standing trial in Howard Circuit Court for the second time in the September 1987 slaying of a popular 85-year-old vendor who worked at area horse-racing tracks.

Nuri Tuncer Icgoren, 39, was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder four years ago, but the state Court of Special Appeals overturned the verdict and ordered a second trial.

The appeals court ruled that the county court should not have allowed some evidence, including information showing that Mr. Icgoren had given the victim bad checks.

The new trial, which began before Circuit Judge James Dudley yesterday, is expected to last about four weeks.

Mr. Icgoren, a Turkish immigrant who was an exercise rider at Bowie Race Course, is accused of stabbing Raymond M. Jerman Sr. six times during an alleged robbery along U.S. 1 in North Laurel on Sept. 29, 1987.

The victim, known for selling soda, snacks and produce from a pick up at area tracks, regularly cashed checks for racetrack workers. He often had as much as $50,000 in his truck.

"Daily, routinely, he carried large amounts of cash," Assistant State's Attorney Kate O'Donnell told the jury of seven men and five women. "This routine, unfortunately for Mr. Jerman, was well known."

Ms. O'Donnell said during opening statements that Mr. Icgoren's former girlfriend will testify that the defendant said shortly before the slaying he wanted to rob Mr. Jerman

The prosecution also will attempt to show, Ms. O'Donnell said, that Mr. Jerman left the Bowie track about 12:30 p.m. to go to the Freestate Race Course in Laurel. Witnesses will testify that Mr. Icgoren then left the track, speeding after the elderly vendor in a gold-colored 1977 Ford Ranchero.

Other witnesses will say they saw the driver of the Ranchero force Mr. Jerman's blue Datsun pickup off the road, the prosecutor said. One witness, who knew the men, will testify that she saw them talking along the road.

Additional witnesses will testify that they saw Mr. Icgoren "violently attacking" the occupant of the pickup while passing by, Ms. O'Donnell said.

Mr. Icgoren told police after his arrest that he stopped to help Mr. Jerman but panicked after he realized the man was dead and then fled, the prosecutor said.

Ms. O'Donnell noted that police found Mr. Icgoren's fingerprints in the pickup, and, according to FBI tests, that dents and smudges of blue paint on the Ranchero's bumper came from Mr. Jerman's truck.

Alan Drew, an attorney for Mr. Icgoren, cautioned the jury during his opening statement that the prosecution's case is based on circumstantial evidence.

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