Witnesses testify they saw double-slaying defendant at ATMs

March 02, 1995|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

A Pasadena man and a Glen Burnie woman testified yesterday that they saw Scotland E. Williams withdraw money from automated teller machines in May, apparently using bank cards stolen from two lawyers killed a day or two earlier in their weekend home near Annapolis.

In addition, an FBI witness said computer-enhanced photographs of bank videotapes show a man using the machines wearing a blue bandanna, eyeglasses and gray vinyl jacket that match those taken from Mr. Williams' house in the 800 block of Bradford Ave. in Arnold after he was arrested.

William J. Stokes, an FBI forensic photography expert, told an Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury that he could not positively identify Mr. Williams as the suspect in the grainy, black-and-white videotapes. But he said the photographs produced at the FBI's Washington lab from the tapes clearly show the bandanna, eyeglasses and jacket.

Terry Sellers of Pasadena testified that he waited behind Mr. Williams to use the automated teller machine May 17 at a Maryland National Bank branch on Mountain Road in Pasadena.

And Jeanne Zaruba of Glen Burnie said she made eye contact with Mr. Williams three times as he turned to leave the Elkridge National automated teller machine at Cromwell Fields Shopping

Center in Glen Burnie May 17.

Mr. Williams, 31, is charged with killing Jose E. Trias, 49, and Julie Noel Gilbert, 48, whose bodies were found May 16 in their house in Winchester on the Severn. They had been shot to death 24 to 48 hours earlier, a state medical examiner said.

Their bank cards had been used to withdraw $3,000 from banks May 15 and May 17, according to bank officials who testified yesterday, the third day of trial before Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner.

One set of photos shows a man withdrawing cash while leaning out the driver's-side window of a car resembling Ms. Gilbert's 1992 Acura Legend, which was stolen after the killings.

Mr. Sellers described Mr. Williams as being about 5 feet, 7 inches or 5 feet, 8 inches tall. Mr. Williams stands 5 feet, 1 inch. But Mr. Sellers said he was sure it was Mr. Williams he had seen.

"This person was constantly turning around, looking over his shoulder. It was taking forever," he said.

Ms. Zaruba seemed to hesitate before identifying Mr. Williams in court yesterday. And she conceded under cross-examination by Craig Gendler, Mr. Williams' lawyer, that her memory may have been helped by seeing pictures of Mr. Williams in television broadcasts reporting the first day of the trial.

But she remained firm in her testimony.

"I have a pretty good idea of what he looked like," she told the jury.

The case is expected to go to the jury at the end of next week.

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