Man, 20, found guilty in slaying of girlfriend

October 30, 1993|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

A 20-year-old West Baltimore man was convicted yesterday of arranging the murder of his teen-age girlfriend.

A Baltimore Circuit Court jury deliberated for 13 hours over a three-day period before finding Maurice Osborne guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy and a handgun charge in the Dec. 19, 1992, shooting death of 16-year-old Chaquista Spriggs.

The incident at first appeared to have been a robbery. Osborne was with the girl when she was shot on the railroad tracks that run along Northwest Baltimore's Wabash Avenue, and he also was shot.

During the two-week trial, prosecutors argued that Osborne wanted Chaquista dead because their relationship of two years had begun to cool, and that he was willing to be shot himself to cover up the scheme.

The prosecution's key witness, Sterling Bailey, said Osborne told him of his desire to eliminate Chaquista. Also, Mr. Bailey said, he heard Osborne discuss plans to kill the girl with 20-year-old Steven Daniel, identified by prosecutors as the gunman.

Daniel, of Northwest Baltimore, was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder, conspiracy and two handgun charges.

Both men, who face possible life terms in prison, were ordered held without bail pending sentencing Dec. 15.

After the verdict was announced, the slain girl's mother, Linda Walker, said, "Out of all of this, no one wins and everyone is a loser. But now we can rest our daughter in peace."

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