Man charged in slaying can be freed on bond Parents must post home, property GLEN BURNIE

June 29, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A Lansdowne man accused of fatally shooting his former girlfriend in Glen Burnie last month will be free on $100,000 bond pending trial, a Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. said Gregory Edward Byrd, 29, may be released pending trial if his parents post their home in Lansdowne and a rental property they own in Halethorpe.

Judge Thieme ordered Byrd to remain under house arrest at his parent's home in the 1700 block of Wilson Ave. in Lansdowne, pending trial.

Michael E. Kaminkow, Byrd's attorney, said Byrd, who operates his own company, Baltimore Process Service, has lived with his parents for years, is a lifelong resident of Lansdowne, has earned a high school equivalency diploma and poses no risk of flight.

Byrd is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Loretta Lynn Shifflett, 23, at her home in the 7800 block of Twin Ridge Drive in Glen Burnie.

Ms. Shifflett was shot four times in the chest and arms with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun. The May 17 shooting occurred outside her home as her relatives and neighbors watched.

Police said Ms. Shifflett had broken off her engagement to Byrd several weeks ago and that he had gone to her house that day to talk to her.

Authorities statewide searched for Byrd for 27 hours. He surrendered when Salisbury police surrounded an apartment building where he was staying.

A spokesman at the county Detention Center said yesterday afternoon Byrd had been transferred to the Howard County jail because of a detainer requiring that he post $2,500 bond because of a failure to appear for a violation of probation there.

In 1988, Byrd was found guilty of stealing jewelry from a Howard County home where he was installing a water bed. He was placed on five years' probation and ordered to pay $9,450 in restitution.

Court records show Byrd violated that probation when he failed to keep up restitution payments. As of February, he still owed more than $4,300.

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