Trial in slaying of college student at Salisbury mall ends

November 12, 1992|By William Thompson | William Thompson,Staff Writer

DENTON -- When David Anthony Boyd fled a Salisbury mall where Heather Miller was bleeding to death, was it because he was her assailant or because her screams frightened him?

Answers to that and other questions are expected today from Caroline County Judge J. Owen Wise, who is scheduled to announce a verdict in Mr. Boyd's death-penalty trial.

The 34-year-old former chicken plant worker is accused of fatally stabbing the 17-year-old Salisbury State University freshman during a robbery on Sept. 9, 1991.

Lawyers on both sides of the case summed up their arguments yesterday in lengthy closing remarks before the judge. Much of what they said focused on why Mr. Boyd, who has admitted he was at the mall the night of the murder, left the scene so quickly and evaded police until his arrest four days later.

"A killer in those circumstances would feel the need to run for self-preservation," said Wicomico Deputy State's Attorney Sampson G. Vincent. But Assistant Public Defender Gary Christopher argued that Mr. Boyd fled the mall because he was scared. "It wouldn't be the first time an innocent black male ran away from the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.

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