Man's trial to start in wife's fatal fallELLICOTT CITY...


January 11, 1993|By From Staff Reports

HOWARD COUNTY ELLICOTT CITY — Man's trial to start in wife's fatal fall

ELLICOTT CITY -- A Marriottsville man will stand trial this week on charges that he kicked a ladder his wife was standing on outside their home, causing her to fall to her death in May.

But before the trial for 51-year-old John Carroll Calhoun starts, a Howard circuit judge must determine what evidence the prosecution may use against him.

At a hearing today, Judge Dennis Sweeney is expected to rule whether a confession police say Mr. Calhoun gave to them may be admitted as evidence.

Mr. Calhoun's attorneys have argued against use of the confession as evidence, criticizing the police for a "planned, methodical" interrogation.

Mr. Calhoun is charged with second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, assault with intent to murder, reckless endangerment and assault and battery in the May 13 death of Gladys Calhoun, 45.

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