Body exhumed and examined for evidence in double slayings

August 09, 1994

The body of an East Baltimore man has been exhumed and examined for evidence for a double murder trial in Baltimore Circuit Court.

The body of Leroy Edward Harris, who has never been identified as a suspect in the slayings, was exhumed last week from a Brooklyn Park cemetery under orders from Judge Roger W. Brown, said prosecutor Cassandra L. Costley.

The judge last month granted a defense motion that Mr. Harris' body be exhumed to determine whether his hair matches hair found on the bodies of a Baltimore woman and her teen-age daughter who were killed in September 1993. Mr. Harris died March 21 at age 47 of complications from acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

Norman R. Brown, 35, of the Reservoir Hill section of Baltimore, is to go to trial in September in the stabbing deaths of Cynthia D. Gilliam and her 13-year-old daughter, Donnette D. Smith.

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