Man pleads guilty to assault charge He shot girlfriend for refusing sex ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

February 12, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A 53-year-old former Naval Academy driver pleaded guilty yesterday to assault with intent to murder for shooting his girlfriend because she wouldn't have sex with him.

Melvin Powell, of 1200 block of Creek Drive, Annapolis, admitted in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court that he fired three bullets into Marilyn Smith's head and chest as she lay in bed in their home on Sept. 17, 1992.

Powell woke her up at about 11 p.m. and told her he wanted to have sex, according to court records.

When she refused, he took a .25 caliber handgun from his night stand and loaded it, records show. He then said, "Good-bye, Marilyn," and shot her in the forehead.

A written statement by the victim outlined the rest of the attack.

Ms. Smith said, "Melvin, you shot me."

He replied, "Yeah, I shot you."

As she reached for the phone to call 911, Powell asked her what she was doing.

When she told him she was calling for help, Powell replied, "No, you're not."

He said good-bye to her a second time and shot her in the chest.

Ms. Smith ran into the hallway of the home, where Powell grabbed her. They both slipped in a pool of blood and fell, the statement continued.

She escaped, and Powell chased her to a neighbor's house, shooting at her as she ran and hitting her once in the right arm.

Ms. Smith, 38, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was treated for two gunshot wounds to chest, one to the forehead and one to the right arm.

The victim's statement was read into the court record by Assistant State's Attorney Ron Naditch.

In a brief hearing yesterday, Powell admitted the shooting but contested the victim's account. He said he "never meant to hurt her."

Powell's attorney, Julian B. Stevens, said that Ms. Smith was badgering Powell during an extensive argument, and that he thought the handgun safety was on when he first pulled the trigger.

According to court records, Powell had been on probation for assault stemming from a previous attack on the victim.

The couple had lived together for a year and four months, Mr. Naditch said.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. set sentencing for 1:30 p.m. March 26.

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