Judge postpones trial in Westminster slaying

September 12, 1993

At the request of a defense attorney, a county Circuit Court judge has postponed the jury trial of one of three men charged in the January shooting death of a Westminster man.

Timothy Cumberland, 23, of Reisterstown, was scheduled to stand trial Wednesday on first-degree murder charges in the death of Gregory Lamont Howard, who was shot on South Center Street.

Mr. Cumberland's attorney, Michael Montemarano of Baltimore, originally sought the postponement Sept. 3 because of conflicts in his trial schedule. But he was an hour late for the postponement hearing, which appeared to anger Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck. The judge denied the request and lectured Mr. Montemarano on his tardiness.

Last week, Mr. Montemarano sought a new hearing on the postponement and asked Judge Beck to recuse himself from such a hearing. On Thursday night, Judge Beck denied the lawyer's motions but agreed to postpone the trial.

One of Mr. Cumberland's co-defendants is serving a 30-year sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and a handgun violation. The other is expected to enter a similar plea and receive a 10-year sentence.

No new date has been scheduled for Mr. Cumberland's trial.

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