Killer's father charged with tax evasion He is also accused of hindering probe of stolen handguns

September 21, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

HARFORD COUNTY — A Bel Air man already charged with obstructing justice during a robbery and double homicide investigation of his son has been indicted on charges of failing to file state income tax returns for 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Ronald Howard Brodt Sr., 46, of the 2800 block of Henley Drive appeared in court to answer the warrant Sept. 10 and was allowed to remain free on his own recognizance. The indictment was filed Aug. 16 by a Harford grand jury.

No other information on the tax-evasion charges was available. Mr. Brodt's attorney on the obstructing justice charge, Carl Schlaich, would not comment on the indictment.

Mr. Brodt is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 28 in Harford Circuit Court on charges that he hindered state police tracking handguns stolen during a 1991 robbery of the Sportsman Center in Havre de Grace. Two elderly sisters, Bessie Urban Mitchell, 73, and Emily Urban Hamby, 75, were murdered during the robbery.

Mr. Brodt's 21-year-old son, Kenneth, subsequently pleaded guilty to the murders and last Oct. 21 was sentenced to consecutive terms of life in prison.

State police allege that the elder Mr. Brodt had called the Bel Air barracks anonymously on Jan. 9, 1992, to ask whether a particular gun had been stolen. Officers said they recognized the caller's voice and told him they could check on the handgun if they had its make, model and serial number.

Police contend that Mr. Brodt then said that a man wanted to sell him a Model 4506 Smith and Wesson handgun for $150. Police say that he provided a serial number that matched a gun stolen during the Havre de Grace robbery on Oct. 18, 1991. Court records state that a trooper later confronted Mr. Brodt about the anonymous call and that Mr. Brodt admitted making it.

Further questioning led police to search the Brodt home and an Edgewood apartment.

Several stolen guns from the Havre de Grace robbery and double homicide were found, police said.

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