Jail leave granted to man charged in fatal shooting Judge approves his visit to newborn

August 25, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Samuel A. Miller, one of three Baltimore County men charged in the fatal January shooting of a Westminster man, has been given permission to leave the Carroll County Detention Center to see his newborn child.

Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold approved the supervised leave yesterday at the request of Brian Green, the assistant county public defender representing Mr. Miller. Judge Arnold said the visit was part of an agreement between the prosecution and defense.

The judge said he expected the visit to take place yesterday, but detention officials refused to say whether Mr. Miller had made the trip.

Mr. Miller, 22, of the 300 block of Stonecastle Ave., Reisterstown, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, and lesser offenses in the Jan. 29 shooting death of Gregory Lamont Howard.

Mr. Howard, 22, of the 1600 block of Old Manchester Road (Route 27), was shot in the chest while standing in the 100 block of S. Center St. Police have said they believe the killing was drug-related.

Jury selection in Mr. Miller's trial was slated to begin this month but has been postponed.

Prosecutors are seeking life in prison without parole.

Also charged in the slaying are Timothy Cumberland, 23, and Daniel Justin Leonard, 23.

Mr. Miller is alleged to have pulled the trigger.

Mr. Miller was to be escorted by Carroll sheriff's deputies to the Reisterstown home of his wife, Donneyelle Miller, and her father, Harry Thomas.

He was to be allowed up to four hours of supervised visit.

Under the judge's order, Mr. Miller was to "remain in custody during this period of time, but he will be allowed to hold his newborn child."

It was not known whether the baby is a boy or a girl, nor when it was born.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill declined to comment yesterday.

Court officials said requests for supervised leaves are not uncommon.

However, the requests generally are to attend funerals or the wakes of close relatives, they said.

Whether a supervised leave is granted depends on how close the deceased relative is and how well the inmate has behaved in jail, Judge Arnold said.

"We generally do what we can," the judge said. "It depends on what kind of person [the inmate] is and if they haven't acted up at the detention center. We always consult with the sheriff."

Judge Arnold said Mr. Miller was the first to ask to visit a newborn.

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