Death case dispatched BALTIMORE COUNTY

March 23, 1993|By Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Anthony Grandison Sr., sent to Maryland's death row after being convicted of hiring a killer to murder two employees at a Pikesville motel a decade ago, is temporarily free from any immediate threat of execution, as a result of a brief Supreme Court order yesterday.

State prosecutors, however, will be free to ask for new death sentences.

Although prosecutors handling the case could not be reached yesterday, they had given no indication that they would not seek the same sentences again.

The Supreme Court, without explanation, turned aside an appeal by state prosecutors seeking to reinstate the two death sentences that had been nullified by a state court last summer, because of a faulty jury verdict form, by a state court last summer.

The state was not willing simply to go forward with a new sentencing, choosing instead to try to persuade the Supreme Court to restore the sentences that had first been imposed in 1984 by a Somerset County jury.

The court showed no interest in that plea, rejecting it in a brief order.

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