Pretrial motions are set for July 8 in multiple stabbing case

March 30, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A Carroll judge will hear pretrial motions July 8 in the case against two teen-agers charged in the fatal stabbing of a Westminster couple last summer.

Defense attorneys representing Jason Aaron DeLong and Sarah E. Citroni will try at the hearing to have confessions the two made to Westminster detectives barred as evidence at their jury trials, according to court records.

The defense attorneys also will try to persuade Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. to hold separate trials.

Both defendants are tentatively scheduled for trial Aug. 15.

Mr. DeLong, 19, of Westminster and Ms. Citroni, 17, of Reisterstown are charged with the fatal stabbings of Cathryn Brace Farrar, 39, and her boyfriend George William Wahl, 35, July 29, 1993. Ms. Farrar was Mr. DeLong's mother.

Westminster police discovered the bodies Aug. 2 and arrested Mr. DeLong -- Ms. Farrar's son -- and Ms. Citroni several days later in Florida.

Ms. Farrar, a nurse's aide, had been stabbed more than 80 times. Mr. Wahl, a brother-in-law of Carroll State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman, had more than 40 wounds.

Both defendants have entered insanity pleas.

Ms. Citroni has been evaluated by state psychiatrists at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center and has been returned to the Carroll County Detention Center.

Mr. DeLong has yet to be evaluated.

Their competency to stand trial also will be argued at the July 8 hearing, the attorneys said.

Mr. DeLong's attorneys claim he killed his mother in self-defense. They said Mr. DeLong will testify that he was sexually abused by her all his life and on July 29 he "snapped."

Earlier this month, Judge Beck ordered four Maryland hospitals to release Ms. Farrar's medical and psychological records to Mr. DeLong's attorneys.

The two defendants have been charged as adults with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, stabbing with intent to maim and conspiracy.

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