Defendant guilty of fatal shooting arising from dispute over girlfriend

January 25, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A 25-year-old Annapolis man pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday for shooting an Eastport Terrace man after an argument over a girlfriend.

Dimitri Troy Weston of the 400 block of Oak Lawn Ave. admitted that he fired the four shots that killed Vincent Jones, 20, of the 1100 block of Eastport Terrace, Annapolis.

Kathleen Rogers, assistant state's attorney, said that if the case had been tried, Weston and four other witnesses would have testified that the victim had a pistol when he was shot May 9, giving Mr. Weston reason to fear for his life.

Ms. Rogers said that about two hours before the 9:30 p.m. shooting, Weston's brother, James Weston of Annapolis, showed up at a barbecue at the victim's house and asked the victim's girlfriend to dance.

She first refused, and then accepted.

That sparked a fight at the party between the victim and James Weston.

James Weston was chased from the party by the victim, who smashed the windshield of Weston's car with a shovel, Ms. Rogers said.

James Weston called his brother, Dimitri Troy Weston, who was having dinner in Glen Burnie, and told him he had been attacked.

The brothers drove back to the party to confront Mr. Jones, who was installing a car stereo system in front of his home, Ms. Rogers said.

When someone pointed out to Mr. Jones that James Weston had returned, the victim began walking toward the two brothers. But he was shot three times in the chest and once in the shoulder from about two feet away, she said.

Mr. Jones was flown by MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died about seven hours later, Ms. Rogers said.

The Weston brothers fled the scene, but later surrendered at the Annapolis police station, according to court records.

No murder weapon was ever recovered, Ms. Rogers said.

A friend of the victim, Bryan Bynam of Annapolis, later turned in a 9mm handgun that he said the victim had dropped at the time he was shot.

Judge Bruce C. Williams set sentencing for March 28.

Ms. Rogers said yesterday she will ask for the 10-year maximum term at sentencing.

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