Aberdeen man convicted of drug conspiracy

December 01, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A 40-year-old Aberdeen man was convicted Monday in Harford Circuit Court of conspiring to distribute cocaine that he admitted buying when he testified at his 1992 murder trial.

Ronald Lee Huff of the 500 block of Plaza Court had been convicted on a lesser count of manslaughter for his role in the fatal stabbing of Kenneth Hueitt during an argument after the cocaine purchase.

Stuart Alison, Huff's attorney, convinced Judge Stephen M. Waldron that state prosecutors had undermined his client's case by failing to inform the defense of an eyewitness who would testify against Huff.

Judge Waldron agreed with the defense attorney and granted Huff a new trial. Huff will be tried on manslaughter and battery charges in the new trial expected in the spring.

Judge Cypert O. Whitfill set sentencing in the drug case that concluded Monday for Feb. 7 after ordering a presentence investigation.

Judge Whitfill also set bond at $25,000 for Huff, who is being held at the Harford County Detention Center.

The jury deliberated about four hours after the four-day trial before returning guilty verdicts on two counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. During his first trial, Huff contended he had killed Mr. Hueitt, 23, in self-defense after the two had argued Dec. 26, 1990.

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