Bail is set for suspect in Sizzler killing One of four charged remains at large BALTIMORE COUNTY

January 19, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

Bail for one of four Baltimore men charged with murdering Sizzler restaurant employee and robbing four patrons of the Cockeysville establishment on Dec. 26 was set at $200,000 yesterday.

William Francis Tyler-el, 44, of the 3800 block of Belle Ave., was the only defendant who chose to have a bail review hearing yesterday in District Court in Towson.

Two co-defendants, Robert Lee Berry, 26, of the 3100 block of Sequoia Ave., and Aaron Delano Evans, 21, of the 1500 block of Lochwood Road, remain in jail on a no-bail status. They are charged with first-degree murder, four counts of robbery and one count of using a handgun.

The three men were arrested Friday, after an informant told police Mr. Berry had talked about the shooting, in which a .38-caliber revolver was used.

A fourth man charged in the case, Wayne Alphonzo Brooks, 22, of the 3700 block of W. Coldspring Lane, is still at large. Mr. Brooks is Mr. Evans' cousin.

The crimes occurred around 8:30 p.m. at the busy restaurant in the 10100 block of York Road. Four men, each wearing a stocking mask, robbed four patrons of $484. One of the men shot John Dwayne Tillman, 29, who was working near the salad bar. Mr. Tillman was shot in the left eye.

According to police and court records, Mr. Tillman was killed because he refused to point out the restaurant's manager or was too slow in following an order to do so.

Yesterday, defense attorney Harold I. Glasser said his client, Mr. Tyler-el, did not shoot Mr. Tillman and didn't know anyone had been killed until the next day. During the crime, Mr. Tyler-el allegedly blocked the restaurant's front door and drove the getaway car, his girlfriend's Toyota Celica.

However, he faces the same charges as his co-defendants for a crime which, according to the police report, netted him $120.

Before his arrest, Mr. Tyler-el worked steadily as a home-improvement laborer, said Mr. Glaser. His criminal record consists of charges of assault and heroin possession in 1978, and a 1985 rogue and vagabond charge.

Assistant State's Attorney S. Ann Brobst said Mr. Tyler-el is not believed to have been the shooter and therefore is not eligible for the death penalty. She said her office will review the case of Mr. Berry, who is accused of shooting Mr. Tillman, to see if it warrants seeking the death penalty.

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