Rheubottom defense begins

January 20, 1993

Prosecutors finished yesterday in the drug trial of convicted cocaine dealer Noland Maurice Rheubottom after calling only two witnesses.

The case in Carroll Circuit Court, which could send Rheubottom, 26, to jail for a minimum of 25 years without parole, was to continue this morning as Assistant Public Defender Edward T. Barry begins to call witnesses.

The jury could begin deliberations tomorrow.

Before adjourning yesterday, Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. denied Mr. Barry's motions for acquittal on four of the five counts against the defendant. He dropped a single possession charge related to the seizure of a prescription sedative.

Rheubottom was charged after a June 19 raid of his Westminster apartment, where about half an ounce of cocaine was seized.

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