Shady Side man enters Alford plea in drug shooting

May 06, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

An 18-year-old Shady Side man told an Anne Arundel Circuit judge yesterday that he will not contest an attempted murder charge in connection with a drug deal gone sour.

Daniel R. Brown of the 5200 block of Nick Road entered an Alford plea to attempted murder and handgun charges in the shooting of 27-year-old David Green of the 5900 block of Swamp Circle Road, Deale, who now must use a wheelchair and can barely speak.

An Alford plea means Brown is not admitting guilt but acknowledges the state would have sufficient evidence to convict him if the case went to trial.

Assistant State's Attorney Fred Paone said that after Mr. Green finished work on Oct. 29, 1993, he and a friend, William Mitchell, of the 5900 block of Rockhold Drive, Deale, decided to buy some drugs.

They drove to the woods along Nick Road, where they knew a drug dealer who would sell them $50 worth of crack cocaine.

When they arrived about 8 p.m. in Mr. Mitchell's pickup truck, they were told by a man to drive around a block twice, Mr. Paone said.

After circling the block, they were told to drive down a dead-end street, but one of the men noticed Brown walking toward the truck with a pillowcase over his head.

As Mr. Mitchell sped off, Brown fired two shots, one of which struck Mr. Green in the back of the head, Mr. Paone said.

Brown was arrested at his home early the next morning. He admitted he fired the shots and gave police the 9mm semiautomatic pistol he used, Mr. Paone said.

The prosecutor said he will recommend a 13-year sentence when Brown appears before Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. on June 29.

Mr. Green's family said yesterday that the shooting has left the former sheet metal worker unable to walk or move the right side of his body and barely able to speak.

William Green Sr. of Deale, who operates the sheet metal firm where his son worked, said his son spent seven months in the hospital, has $300,000 in medical bills and still needs 24-hour care.

Doctors at the Washington Hospital Center, where Mr. Green has outpatient therapy three times a week, cannot say if he will ever walk or speak normally.

"What he [Brown] did was, he destroyed a human life," Mr. Green said.

He acknowledged that his son was in the area to buy drugs on the night of the shooting, but said that did not make the crime any less serious.

"Just because they were buying some drugs, that didn't give him the right to get shot," the father said. "It was a robbery, that's what it was. Plain and simple."

The man who allegedly instructed the pair to drive around the block, Rico C. Smith, 23, of the 5200 block of Nick Road, is charged with attempted murder and handgun violations.

He was to be tried yesterday, but asked for a postponement. Judge Thieme said Mr. Smith's case will be tried sometime before July 28.

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