Attempted murder case goes to jury

June 09, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

After two hours of deliberations, the Carroll County Circuit jury considering the attempted first-degree murder case against a Taneytown carpenter retired for the night.

The nine-man, three-woman panel was to resume deliberations this morning in William Richard Bollinger's case. Mr. Bollinger, 50, was charged with breaking into his former girlfriend's house and shooting her in the chest.

He never denied breaking into Faye Virginia Glass' house Oct. 20. He testified yesterday that he brought a gun because he wanted to get her attention and force her to talk to him about the breakup of their relationship.

The jury was considering charges of attempted first- and second-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, breaking and entering with the intent to murder, assault and battery. Mr. Bollinger faces a possible life term if convicted of the first count.

Mr. Bollinger did not deny stalking the 34-year-old woman for two weeks after she told him to move out of her Keymar home. He never denied driving to her house the morning of Oct. 20 after her two children went to school. And he never denied grabbing a .38-caliber revolver from his truck, walking in the front door, and pointing the gun toward Ms. Glass' bedroom.

Mr. Bollinger testified for more than two hours yesterday, telling the jury that he felt abused and destroyed by Ms. Glass. The two met in August 1992, and Mr. Bollinger moved into Ms. Glass' home in May 1993. He testified that their relationship was stormy, often punctuated by arguments and disagreements over money.

He said that he decided to enter Ms. Glass' house Oct. 20 because he wanted to force her to talk to him.

The gun went off, he said, because he bumped his arm on the bedroom door jamb. He said a struggle with Ms. Glass ensued.

Prosecutors and Ms. Glass told the jury she was in bed, throwing a sheet over her head, when she was shot. She testified she was thrown to the floor and, before he left, Mr. Bollinger kicked her in the leg.

Defense attorney Mark VanBavel, in his closing argument to the jury, said that if his client had really wanted to kill Ms. Glass, he could have.

"In a lot of ways, isn't the proof in the pudding? He didn't kill her, and there was certainly an opportunity," he said.

"He felt used and abused. He took these stupid means to try and get this woman to listen to him."

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