Man is convicted in 1994 shooting after 3rd trial

February 02, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

In the third time that the case has been tried, an Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury yesterday convicted a 32-year-old Beltsville man of attempted murder for shooting a used car salesman in a dispute over a car.

Jurors deliberated about two hours before convicting Giavanni Pickett of the 7800 block of Muirkirk Road in the Oct. 3, 1994, shooting. Two trials last year ended in hung juries.

Prosecutors said Pickett shot Wander Pereira, 31, through a window at his home in the 8800 block of Enfield Court in Laurel.

In two days of testimony before Judge Clayton Greene Jr., witnesses said the shooting occurred about 8 p.m., about three hours after Mr. Pereira threatened to call police during a dispute at Car-Port Auto Sales on Route 1 in Laurel.

The dispute was about the performance of a 1986 Ford Taurus that Mr. Pereira had sold to Pickett's friend, Charles Mooney, according to testimony.

Mr. Pereira told jurors he was shot once in the right shoulder after he heard a knock on his front door.

Pickett claimed he was at his fiancee's house in College Park at the time of the shooting. His lawyer, Keith Gross, emphasized that the gun was never found.

Judge Greene set sentencing for next month.

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