Balto. Co. man gets 26 years for murder

April 04, 1996|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County man pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree murder in the October 1992 slaying of his friend and was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Troy Lynn Brooks, 30, pleaded guilty to the murder charge and a handgun violation during his second trial before Judge James B. Dudley in Howard Circuit Court.

Judge Dudley then sentenced him.

Brooks' first trial last year ended in a mistrial when the judge criticized Brooks' defense attorney, William H. Murphy Jr. of Baltimore, in front of the jury.

Judge Dudley told a jury in the trial in February 1994 to ignore Mr. Murphy's speeches and "obnoxious comments."

He then declared a mistrial, saying Brooks was harmed in the eyes of the jury.

Brooks, of Rockdale, admitted to the Oct. 10, 1992, execution-style slaying of Kevin Lee Holland, 27, of Baltimore during a dispute over drugs outside the Woodstock post office in the 10500 block of Old Frederick Road.

Mr. Holland was shot twice in the head with a Hungarian-made semiautomatic weapon while in the post office parking lot.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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