Man, 19, charged in teen's death

April 07, 1995|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Kris Antonelli contributed to this article.

A district judge ordered yesterday that an Annapolis man charged in the shooting death of a 16-year-old Bowie girl be held without bail while he undergoes a psychiatric evaluation at Crownsville Hospital Center.

Tierre Thomas Wallace, 19, of the 700 block of Newtowne Drive is charged with first-degree murder in the death last month of Catherine Elizabeth Webster of the 14000 block of Lancaster Lane. Ms. Webster was shot as the car she was riding in pulled away from a man in the parking lot of a Crofton pool hall.

Mr. Wallace also is charged with attempted murder in the wounding of the 20-year-old man who drove the white, 1988 Nissan 300ZX that Ms. Webster and a 19-year-old man were riding in. Police have not identified the two other occupants of the car.

The psychiatric testing could take five to 10 days, after which Mr. Wallace would return to court for another bail review, said Assistant State's Attorney Daryl D. Jones.

Lt. Harry Collier, supervisor of the county police crimes against persons unit, described Mr. Wallace as the leader of a group of eight loosely organized people who call themselves "Crofton's Most Wanted."

But the shooting of Ms. Webster "was not a gang-related murder," he said.

Mr. Wallace was arrested Tuesday night at a house in Springfield, Va., and extradited to Maryland Wednesday, Sergeant Jaschik said.

Ms. Webster was shot about 11 p.m. March 20. She and her friends had gone to Crofton Billiards in the 2100 block of Priest Bridge Drive to play pool but found the place closed.

According to charging documents, the driver of the Nissan was leaving the parking lot when he heard a man yell at him and his passengers. Thinking someone needed help, he stopped. The man approached the car and pulled a handgun from his waistband. As the driver tried to pull away, the man started shooting, the documents say.

One bullet grazed the driver on the right side. The 19-year-old male passenger was not hurt. Ms. Webster was struck in the back of the head. She died the next day at Prince George's General Hospital.

According to court documents, two confidential informants led police to Mr. Wallace at the home of a family friend in Springfield. One informant said the two informants sold Mr. Wallace the gun used to kill Ms. Webster two weeks before the shooting, the court documents said.

Police picked up Mr. Wallace on a warrant charging him with failing to appear at a court hearing on unrelated theft and resisting arrest charges.

Mr. Wallace was extradited to Maryland, where one of the survivors of the shooting identified him in a lineup, charging documents said.

During the bail hearing, Mr. Wallace, who was viewed on a closed-circuit television monitor from the county Detention Center, cut off Judge Joseph P. Manck as the judge tried to question him.

"Can I ask you something?" said Mr. Wallace. "Is my family in the courtroom?"

Judge Manck checked the courtroom and said no.

"Then I'd like a postponement," Mr. Wallace said. "You have me for some serious charges, and I wouldn't like to go any further." He said an uncle was getting him a lawyer.

The victim's parents, Carol-jean and David Webster, sat in the front row of the courtroom holding hands. They said after the hearing that they were too shaken to speak with reporters.

Earlier in the day, Mrs. Webster called the arrest of Mr. Wallace a "major step forward" for her family.

"But we still have a long way to go," she said. "We are just trying to take one small step at a time."

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