Woman charged as accessory to Jan. slaying CARROLL COUNTY

July 31, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

An Owings Mills woman, whose boyfriend and two other men have been charged in the Jan. 29 shooting death of a Westminster man, was indicted yesterday on charges of being an accessory to the slaying.

In a six-count indictment, Robin Debra Cherry, 26, is accused of making four false statements to Westminster police officers, hindering their ability to find the shotgun believed to have been used in the slaying of Gregory Lamont Howard, 22. The statements led to two charges of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

A warrant for Ms. Cherry's arrest was issued yesterday afternoon.

According to Lt. Dean Brewer of the Westminster Police Department, Ms. Cherry was uncooperative with investigators in the case, which was the first of two homicides in Carroll County this year.

"She was in the car [from which the fatal blast was fired]. When we interviewed her, she made several false statements that hindered us in finding out what happened to the murder weapon after the shooting," he said.

Police said that Ms. Cherry, her boyfriend, Timothy Cumberland, and their friends, Samuel Allen Miller and Daniel Justin Leonard, drove to South Center Street in Westminster and bought $40 worth of what they thought was cocaine.

They later determined that the substance actually was detergent, police said. They returned, police said, and were looking for the seller.

Police said that Mr. Howard -- who was not involved in the drug transaction -- walked up to the car. Mr. Cumberland tossed a shotgun in the car to Mr. Miller, who shot Mr. Howard, police said.

The four then drove to Champs, a bar in Westminster. The gun, police said, was placed in a car trunk.

Mr. Miller, 22, of Owings Mills, and Mr. Cumberland, 23, of Reisterstown, have been charged with first-degree murder and other counts. Mr. Leonard, 23, of Reisterstown, is charged with felony murder.

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