Williams' mother says he told her he didn't kill lawyers last May

March 07, 1995|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

Scotland E. Williams admitted to his mother after he was arrested in the shooting deaths of two lawyers last May that he had taken one victim's car and both victims' automated bank cards, according to her testimony yesterday.

But Rosezelma Williams also told an Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury that her son denied killing Julie Noel Gilbert, 48, and Jose E. Trias, 49.

Mr. Williams, 31, of Arnold, is being tried before Judge Eugene M. Lerner for first-degree murder in the deaths of the two Washington lawyers, who were shot to death in their weekend home in Winchester on the Severn on May 16.

Mrs. Williams, who shared her home in the 800 block of Bradford Ave. with the defendant, glanced just a few times at her son during the 20 minutes she was on the witness stand.

She testified that her son told her in a telephone conversation from the county jail after his May 19 arrest that he had stolen Ms. Gilbert's 1992 red Acura Legend from the parking lot of Damon's, a restaurant on Ritchie Highway in Arnold.

She said he also told her he abandoned the car in a Baltimore neighborhood after learning it was missing from a murder scene.

He also admitted to having the victims' bank cards, which were used to withdraw $3,000 from two Glen Burnie teller machines shortly after the killings, she testified.

She said her son offered no explanation for how he obtained the bank cards, but denied committing the murders.

"He said he didn't do it," she told jurors.

She testified that he said the victims had written their names and personal identification numbers on the cards.

In his opening statement last week, Craig Gendler, Mr. Williams' attorney, told the jury that it might decide that his client is a thief, but that his possession of the stolen goods did not prove that he is a murderer.

In other testimony yesterday, a DNA expert testified that DNA matching Mr. Williams' was scraped from a drinking glass in the victims' kitchen, and an FBI hair and fiber expert told jurors the defendant's hair was found in their bedroom and bathroom.

Charlotte Word, a scientist with Cellmark Diagnostics, the Germantown laboratory that tested the glass, said the DNA found on a drinking glass in the victims' kitchen matched the DNA found in Mr. Williams' blood.

David Wilson, the FBI expert, also told jurors that vacuum sweepings from a white bathroom rug and from around the bed, where the victims were shot, turned up five hairs belonging to Mr. Williams.

Tiny fibers left on the adhesive tape used to attach a note posted on the victim's back door, which read, "On Vacation Be Back 20 May" also matched the brown cotton gloves police confiscated from Mr. Williams' house after his arrest, Mr. Wilson said.

Under cross-examination by Linda Ostovitz, one of Mr. Williams' attorneys, Mr. Wilson acknowledged that hair and fibers analysis could not provide a scientific match, like a fingerprint.

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