Death penalty sought in shootings at bank

November 17, 1992|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

Baltimore County State's Attorney Sandra O'Connor announced yesterday that she will seek the death penalty against one of two men charged with first-degree murder, robbery and handgun violations for the robbery of a Farmers Bank in Randallstown.

Ms. O'Connor, who announced the indictments yesterday, said Louis Hill III, a 25-year-old Morehouse College graduate and small business owner, fired the shots that killed two women and seriously wounded two others.

"We have the evidence," said Ms. O'Connor. "We will prove it. And we will not make any deals."

Although she would not say how police determined Mr. Hill was the trigger man, Ms. O'Connor said the state's case against him and Benjamin Franklin Boisseau Jr. was "very strong."

Mr. Boisseau, 23, who met Mr. Hill through Mr. Hill's janitorial company, Spanking Clean, also was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, four counts of armed robbery and eight handgun charges.

Ms. O'Connor said the state will ask that Mr. Boisseau be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, if he is convicted. Maryland's death penalty statute does not allow someone who did not actually commit the murder to be sentenced to death, unless the person was involved in a contract killing.

Ms. O'Connor said she held yesterday's news conference because of the intense interest in the Oct. 27 crime. About 2 p.m. that day, two masked men entered the bank, herded four female employees into the vault, and shot them all with a Mac-10 machine pistol.

Dorothy Juanita Langmead, 44, a teller, and Anastasia "Stacy" George, 51, the head teller, died.

Barbara M. Aldrich, 52, the branch manager, and Cindy Ann Thomas, 21, a teller, survived and have been released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

After shooting the women, the robbers took $5,863 from the cash drawers and fled, according to police.

A witness who heard the gunshots copied down the license tag number of a Toyota Tercel registered to Mr. Hill.

Two undercover police officers in an unmarked car saw the men driving on Liberty Road and followed them to the rear of a bagel shop, where they saw the men throwing items into a trash container, police said.

The Mac-10, ski masks and blood-stained gloves, were found in the container. The cash was found in a bag in the car, police said.

Yesterday, although she would not discuss the evidence against the two men in detail, Ms. O'Connor said the bank's cameras were functioning and that the state had film of the two suspects. No cameras were in the bank vault.

S. Ann Brobst, one of two assistant state's attorneys who will prosecute Mr. Hill and Mr. Boisseau, said that after reviewing the evidence with police, she believed that the motive for the shootings "was to eliminate the witnesses, to not get caught."

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