Defendant's brother confesses

August 28, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A jury trial in a drug distribution case ended suddenly in Harford Circuit Court when the defendant's brother made a lunchtime confession that he -- not his brother -- had sold cocaine to an undercover deputy sheriff in Aberdeen.

When court resumed after lunch Tuesday, Wallace Casey, 30, of Havre de Grace, pleaded guilty to the 1991 crime and accepted a prosecutor's agreement to an 18-month limit on his prison sentence.

Judge Stephen M. Waldron deferred sentencing until a presentence investigation of the defendant is completed.

The case against Maxwell Casey, 27, also of Havre de Grace, was dismissed.

Maxwell Casey had been charged with selling cocaine Nov. 27, 1991, outside his sister's home in the 200 block of Mayberry Drive, in the Perrywood apartment complex in Aberdeen.

Court records show that he failed to appear in court twice for trial, and another trial date was postponed. Maxwell Casey did appear Aug. 19 for jury selection, and testimony began Tuesday.

Assistant State's Attorney Hans Miller said Eric P. Macdonnell, the public defender who was representing Maxwell Casey, had told him Aug. 19 before jury selection began, that Renay Casey, the defendant's sister, would testify that Wallace, and not Maxwell, sold the drugs to the undercover deputy sheriff.

"On Tuesday," Mr. Miller said, "I spotted Wallace in the courthouse at the lunch break and told him I wanted to talk to him. That's when he confessed. I guess the pressure over the weekend from family members made Wallace Casey come forward."

The prosecutor said Wallace Casey had identified himself as Maxwell Casey when he was arrested after the undercover drug deal, and no one questioned the defendant's identity when Maxwell Casey went to trial because the brothers look alike.

Throughout the court proceedings leading up to the trial, Maxwell Casey had maintained that he was innocent, but he did not identify his brother as the culprit, Mr. Miller said.

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