Trial in slaying of 2 attorneys is delayed to let expert testify

January 31, 1995

The trial of Scotland E. Williams, charged with killing two Washington lawyers at their weekend home outside Annapolis last May, has been postponed until Feb. 21.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner agreed yesterday to postpone the trial for a week after prosecutors said a key witness, Charlotte J. Word, a DNA expert from Cellmark Diagnostics in Germantown, would not be available Feb. 13, when the trial was to start.

Prosecutors have said that DNA tests show cells scraped from a drinking glass at the victims' home came from Mr. Williams' mouth.

Mr. Williams, 31, of the 800 block of Bradford Ave. in Arnold could get the death penalty.

He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jose E. Trias, 49, and his wife, Julie Noel Gilbert, 48, who were found shot to death May 16 in the bedroom of their house at Winchester on the Severn.

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