Defense attorney becomes ill trial in killings postponed

August 16, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial of a Westminster man accused of killing his mother and her boyfriend was postponed yesterday because his attorney was hospitalized over the weekend.

Jurors were supposed to be chosen yesterday to hear the case against Jason Aaron DeLong, 19, but his attorney, Luther C. West of Baltimore, entered Anne Arundel Medical Center Sunday complaining of internal bleeding, said a law partner of his.

More than 130 potential jurors were summoned yesterday afternoon and were told of the postponement.

The bodies of Mr. DeLong's mother, Cathryn Brace Farrar, and her boyfriend, George William Wahl, were found by Westminster police in August 1993. The pair had been stabbed repeatedly -- Ms. Farrar more than 80 times and Mr. Wahl more than 40.

Mr. DeLong and his girlfriend, Sara Elizabeth Citroni, 18, were charged in the slayings. Citroni pleaded guilty to the two killings last month, and is to be sentenced next month to no more than two consecutive life terms.

According to court officials, Mr. DeLong's trial will start as soon as Mr. West is allowed to leave the hospital.

He remained in the Annapolis hospital last night.

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