Judge postpones ruling on insanity plea Bowie man, 38, charged in service station slaying

March 14, 1997|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel circuit judge has postponed ruling on the insanity plea of a Bowie man charged in the 1995 shooting death of a Gambrills service station manager.

Blake Allen Ohman, 38, who lived with his mother in the 3000 block of Tanbark Lane, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Patrick William Clements Dec. 21, 1995.

Clements, of the 1600 block of Midland Road, Edgewater, was shot to death at the Exxon station at Route 3 and Waugh Chapel Road.

Ohman entered an insanity plea yesterday before Judge Clayton Greene Jr. after psychiatrists at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center determined that he lacked the mental capacity to intentionally commit murder.

Perkins' doctors say Ohman is schizophrenic, said Assistant State's Attorney Fred Paone.

The judge said he wanted more time to study the psychological evaluations and medical reports on Ohman before accepting his insanity plea.

Paone said that if Greene accepted the plea, Ohman would be confined to state psychiatric hospitals until therapists determined he was no longer a danger to himself or society. He said that a circuit judge would have to approve Ohman's release.

Paone said the shooting occurred shortly before 8 a.m. when Ohman got out of his car and fired several shots at Clements, who had been Ohman's supervisor when he worked at the station several years earlier.

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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