1st suspect goes on trial in Farmers Bank killings

March 09, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

"We just didn't want to get caught."

Benjamin Franklin Boisseau Jr. gave police just "these seven words" to explain why four bank employees were shot as they lay helpless during a robbery on Oct. 26, a Baltimore County prosecutor told a jury yesterday.

"That idea, when combined with greed, has cost us two human lives" and left the two survivors "in a state of horror and incredible pain," Assistant State's Attorney John P. Cox said in his opening statement.

Mr. Boisseau, 23, of the 3100 block of Clifton Ave., is the first of two men who will be tried in the murders that occurred during a robbery of the Farmers Bank in Randallstown. Since the killings, he and Louis Hill III, 25, of the Stevenson Lane Apartments in Rodgers Forge, have been jailed on multiple charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, bank robbery, use of a

handgun and other charges.

The state will seek the death penalty against Mr. Hill. Prosecutors believe he fired the Cobray Mac-11 pistol during the robbery of the bank in the 9800 block of Liberty Road.

Dorothy Juanita Langmead, 44, a teller, and Anastasia "Stacy" George, 51, the head teller, were killed. Barbara M. Aldrich, 52, the branch manager, and Cindy Ann Thomas, 21, a teller, survived their injuries. In his opening statement yesterday, Gerald W. Vahle, an assistant public defender representing Mr. Boisseau, told the jury: "There is no doubt about what happened here. What you'll have to decide is what Ben Boisseau's responsibility is."

Police caught Mr. Boisseau and Mr. Hill shortly after the robbery. They recovered ski masks, money from the bank and a pistol whose bullets matched the state police tests on bullets from the murder scene.

Mr. Cox said in his opening statement that after the arrest, Mr. Boisseau allegedly asked police whether someone had died.

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