William Richard Bollinger doesn't deny sneaking into his former girlfriend's house, moments before she was shot in the chest with his gun Oct. 20, his lawyer said in court yesterday.
But, Mr. Bollinger's lawyer told a Carroll County jury at the opening of his client's trial on attempted murder charges, the 50-year-old wanted to do nothing more than make the woman talk with him about their breakup two weeks earlier.
"This is not a Perry Mason 'whodunit,' " defense lawyer Mark VanBavel told the panel of nine men and three women.
"He did not go there with the intent to kill or hurt somebody; he went there to talk."
But prosecutors contend that, after nearly two weeks of stalking 34-year-old Faye Virginia Glass, Mr. Bollinger stormed into her Keymar house while she was asleep, beat her and shot her.
"Mr. Bollinger was not happy about the breakup or the fact that Miss Glass was dating, going to work and getting on with her life," said Assistant State's Attorney Christy McFaul.
"She woke up, saw William Bollinger, and asked, 'Are you going to kill me?'
"Then there was a first shot, a second shot. Three more shots were fired," Ms. McFaul told the jury.
Ms. McFaul said one of the bullets struck Ms. Glass in the chest.
She spent a month in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore before returning home.
A five-count indictment charges Mr. Bollinger with attempted first-degree murder, assault with the intent to murder, breaking and entering with the intent to murder, assault and battery.
The defendant could face a possible life sentence if convicted of the first charge.
Mr. Bollinger has been free since posting $150,000 bail in February.
According to court records and opening statements yesterday, Mr. Bollinger and Ms. Glass began dating in August 1992. A "stormy" affair is said to have followed and, in May 1993, Mr. Bollinger moved into Ms. Glass' Keysville Road home.
The relationship soured, and, by the beginning of October, Ms. Glass had asked Mr. Bollinger to move out.
Mr. VanBavel said his client thought Ms. Glass "used and abused" him.
Mr. Bollinger acknowledged to police that he often drove near his former girlfriend's house at night and before her two children went to school in the morning.
According to police reports in the court file, Ms. Glass was in bed, after seeing her two daughters off to school, when she was beaten and shot.
AHis lawyer told the jury that the gun discharged accidentally, as Mr. Bollinger and Ms. Glass fought over it.
"This was a stupid, immature, ill-thought-out act," Mr. VanBavel said.
The trial was to continue today in Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.'s courtroom.