Man held in slaying outside local bar Suspect broke up argument between victim and woman

April 02, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

A man who appeared to be a peacemaker stepped between a man and woman arguing outside a Glen Burnie bar early yesterday, struggled with the man, then gunned him down, county police said.

Michael Wayne Lovelace, 35, of the 8100 block of Harold Court in Glen Burnie, was charged with first-degree murder.

The victim, George Joseph Miller, 48, of the unit block of Virginia Ave., was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Mr. Miller and his girlfriend, whom they would not identify, were arguing outside the Crossroads Tavern in the 7400 block of Ritchie Highway shortly after 2 a.m. when a man stepped between them.

It is unclear whether the man knew the woman or was trying to help, police said. But he and Mr. Miller got into a fight, and the man drew a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol and shot Mr. Miller several times, then sped off in a 1992 Ford Explorer, police said.

Officers stopped a vehicle fitting the description of the suspect's Ford Explorer about 20 minutes later at Ritchie Highway and Route 100 in Pasadena, arrested the driver and found a weapon under the seat.

Police said the driver told them where to find the gun before they questioned him and that the suspect indicated that he shot Mr. Miller as officers were taking him to the Northern District station, according to court documents.

Pub Date: 4/02/96

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