Inmate testifies Williams killed 2 lawyers for car

March 04, 1995|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

Scotland E. Williams told a fellow inmate at the Anne Arundel County jail that he fatally shot two lawyers in their weekend home near Annapolis last May to get his hands on the Acura Legend owned by one of the victims, the inmate said.

Carl Spoon testified in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday that Mr. Williams told him "the only thing he had done it for was the red Acura Legend" during a conversation one morning last June at the jail, where they were both awaiting trial.

Mr. Williams, 31, of Arnold is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Julie Noel Gilbert, 48, and her husband, Jose E. Trias, 49, who were found slain in their home in Winchester on the Severn on May 16.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case, which is being heard by Judge Eugene M. Lerner.

Ms. Gilbert's 1992 burgundy Acura was missing from the home, where police found both victims lying side by side in their bed. The car was recovered May 17 in the 900 block of E. 20th St. in Baltimore.

Yesterday, Spoon, a landscaper, said Mr. Williams became irate during a conversation about the need to be "prepared for God" and admitted the murders.

"I think he didn't believe in God or something," Spoon told the jury. "He said, 'How were those two lawyers prepared for God when I took the gun to the back of their heads and blew their brains out?' "

Spoon insisted yesterday that he made no deals in exchange for his cooperation. He acknowledged, however, having a record for drug offenses dating back to 1985 under cross examination by Mr. Williams' lawyer, Craig Gendler. He also admitted that at the time he heard Mr. Williams' alleged confession he was awaiting trial on charges of robbery with a deadly weapon, assault and reckless endangerment.

"You were looking at 35 years at the time when you gave that statement, isn't that right?" Mr. Gendler asked pointedly.

Spoon pleaded guilty to lesser charges of theft and battery. But he said the plea was worked out by his lawyer, based on facts in the case and wasn't tied to his testimony.

He is serving time in Dorchester County on a separate charge and awaits sentencing in Anne Arundel. In other testimony yesterday, a biologist said DNA scraped from a drinking glass found by police near the victims' kitchen sink matched Mr. Williams' DNA.

Melissa Weber, a molecular biologist with Cellmark Diagnostics in Germantown, said Mr. Williams is one in 890 African-Americans in the general population with the same type of DNA taken from the glass.

The case is expected to go to the jury late next week.

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