Woman convicted of murder

October 20, 1994|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer

A Baltimore County Circuit Court jury has convicted a 33-year-old Randallstown woman of murder and conspiracy in the contract-style slaying of her husband, a lieutenant in the Baltimore Fire Department.

Elizabeth Dianna Prior of the 6800 block of Liberty Road was convicted by a jury Tuesday after two hours of deliberation. Her trial began on Monday.

Although Prior was convicted of the murder of her husband, Lt. Wayne Maurice Prior, the actual trigger man has not yet been identified or charged, said Assistant State's Attorney Steven I. Kroll.

Lieutenant Prior was shot three times in the head as he slept in his home about 11 p.m. Dec. 10, 1992 -- while his wife was trying on clothes in another room of the house.

Detectives later concluded that whoever shot Lieutenant Prior tried to make it look like a burglary. But investigators discovered that a back door had been left unlocked and that the victim's dog -- which normally slept in the bedroom with him and would bark at intruders -- had been locked in the basement.

"The motive was she sought to collect insurance money, and they were having marital problems," said Mr. Kroll, who prosecuted the case along with J. T. Smith.

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