Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NORTH --

December 01, 1992

Bryson lawyers will seek to bar crime scene photos

Attorneys for Michael C. Bryson Sr. are set to argue more than 30 pretrial motions at a hearing before Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Warren B. Duckett Jr. today.

Mr. Bryson, charged with first-degree murder in the shotgun death of Melrose hardware store owner Charles W. Therit, has filed motions seeking the suppression of crime scene photographs and witness statements and the inclusion of evidence favorable to the defense.

Other motions seek to have Mr. Bryson declared mentally retarded and to allow attorneys to ask questions of potential jurors rather than having the judge question them.

The hearing is expected to last until tomorrow. The jury trial -- moved from Carroll after Mr. Bryson requested a change of venue -- is scheduled to begin Jan. 7 and could last up to six weeks.

Prosecutors have presented a list of 89 potential witnesses who could be called in the case, although they said they will probably call no more than 50.

In addition to first-degree murder, Mr. Bryson, 26, is charged with armed robbery, two counts of murder in the commission of a felony, robbery, misdemeanor theft and battery in connection with the March slaying.

Mr. Bryson was being held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center last night, but will be transferred to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center for his motions hearing and trial.

Lance Cpl. Howes reports for Marine duty

Marine Lance Cpl. Wayne R. Howes recently reported for duty with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

His wife, Anita, is the daughter of Charles N. and Patricia A. Cross of Millers. He joined the Marine Corps in December 1990.

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