Brother charged in slaying

April 13, 1995|By Patrick Gilbert | Patrick Gilbert,Sun Staff Writer

Thirteen years after Scott Charles Crist was gunned down in the parking lot of his Cockeysville apartment house, Baltimore County police have charged the victim's brother and two acquaintances from central Pennsylvania with his murder.

Police said yesterday that they had long suspected David William Crist, 36, of Williamsport, Pa., of killing his brother to enhance his share of their mother's $300,000 estate. But until HTC last week they never had enough evidence to charge him.

David Crist was being held in lieu of $300,000 bail pending extradition in the Lycoming County, Pa., jail, along with Daniel Larue Pepperman, 34, of Montoursville, Pa., whose bail was set at $200,000. Also charged was Tyron Eugene Eiswerth, 30, already held in Lycoming County on on unrelated charges.

Police said the break in the case came five days ago, when homicide detectives got a tip from Pennsylvania authorities and obtained a statement from one of the men that implicated all three.

According to charging documents filed in Baltimore County District Court, David Crist paid Mr. Eiswerth and Mr. Pepperman $2,000 each to kill Scott Crist, who was 22 at the time of his death.

The documents say Mr. Eiswerth told police that on the evening of Feb. 21, 1982, he drove Mr. Pepperman in a 1976 Datsun to the victim's apartment in the first block of Hogarth Circle. There, he told police, Mr. Pepperman shot Scott Crist with a .25-caliber automatic handgun.

Residents of the apartment said at the time that they heard several shots, but police were hampered because there were no witnesses to the actual shooting.

A couple leaving one of the apartments discovered Scott Crist lying mortally wounded in the parking lot at 10:15 p.m. According to the charging documents, the victim was able to tell the couple his assailant was a white male with a beard and glasses. Scott Crist died later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The couple also told police they saw a dark-colored car, possibly a a Datsun or Toyota hatchback, drive up to the bleeding victim, stop for a few seconds and then drive off.

Later, Scott Crist's girlfriend told police the couple had spent the evening in Williamsport, his home town, before he left around 9:30 p.m. to return to Baltimore County.

Court documents show that a gas station attendant told detectives that two long-haired, unshaven men in what appeared to be a Datsun hatchback with Pennsylvania plates stopped on the night of the murder to ask directions to the Hogarth Court apartment.

It was not clear why Mr. Eiswerth decided to make a statment to county police 13 years after the crime. Cpl. Kevin Novak, a police spokesman, said he couldn't offer any information beyond the facts in a press statement issued yesterday.

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