Man accused in Carroll killing denied bail

February 04, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

District Judge Donald M. Smith yesterday denied bail for Samuel Allen Miller, the Owings Mills man suspected of firing the gun that killed a 22-year-old Westminster man last Thursday.

Mr. Miller, 22, was in the courtroom briefly until his attorney filed a motion asking the judge to hold the bail review hearing without him. He was taken back to a cell before Judge Smith began the hearing.

Mr. Miller was arrested Friday and charged with first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, reckless endangerment and assault and battery in the shotgun killing of Gregory Lamont Howard of Old Manchester Road in the 100 block of S. Center St. This was Carroll's first homicide this year.

Assistant Public Defender Edward T. Barry argued that the judge should set a bail comparable to the $100,000 set Monday for Daniel Justin Leonard, who was charged with felony murder as an accessory before and after the fact in connection with Mr. Howard's death.

The third defendant, Timothy Cumberland, 23, of Reisterstown, is being held without bail pending a court hearing.

"At this point, there is little to substantiate the state's allegations that Mr. Miller shot the gun," Mr. Barry said yesterday.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill, discounted that argument.

DTC "In the charging documents, it is Mr. Miller who is the one who made this altercation into a deadly altercation that caused a young boy to lose his life," she said.

According to police, the three defendants went to South Center Street to buy cocaine and purchased what they thought to be cocaine for $40. After driving away, police said, the three discovered that what they had actually been sold was Ivory Snow laundry detergent. They drove back, looking for the person who sold them the bogus crack.

Mr. Howard walked toward the car, police said, and was shot.

He was not involved in the drug transaction, authorities said.

Judge Smith scheduled a preliminary hearing for Feb. 18 to review Mr. Miller's bail status.

Mr. Howard's sisters, mother and uncle sat in the gallery during yesterday's hearing. The family had returned minutes earlier from the burial of Mr. Howard in a Baltimore cemetery.

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