Jury finds man guilty of murdering woman, 81 Arundel judge pleased at verdict in slaying of his mother in robbery

September 13, 1997|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

After more than four hours of deliberation, jurors found a Baltimore man guilty yesterday of murdering the 81-year-old mother of an Anne Arundel County district judge.

Richard "Ricky" Green, 35, of the 500 block of Presstman St. could get life in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 27 for the murder of Beatrice Lippman Manck, the mother of Annapolis District Judge Joseph P. Manck.

Angela Shelton, Green's lawyer, said she plans to file for a new trial within 10 days, but she would not discuss the basis for the motion. Shelton maintains that Green was not involved in Manck's death.

"The case still isn't over," Shelton said. "There are other avenues that we're planning to pursue. I'm disappointed with the verdict. Mr. Green maintains his innocence and always will, because he is not guilty."

A tearful Judge Manck -- hugging family members outside the courtroom after the verdict was announced -- said he was relieved at the conviction.

"We're very pleased with the verdict," Manck said. "I'm just glad that justice was done in this matter, and I really think it was."

Mrs. Manck was strangled and stabbed in the chest Nov. 28, 1995, after a break-in and robbery in her apartment, in the 7100 block of Park Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore. Jewelry worth thousands of dollars was stolen. Some of it was recovered from city pawnshops after a broker reported the items to police.

A card from one of the pawnshops was found in Green's wallet when he was arrested. Prosecutors said Green stole the jewelry to feed a $200-a-day drug habit and killed Mrs. Manck when he found her in the apartment.

In a separate case yesterday, Zachary "Dice" Martin, 17, of the 1200 block of E. Lanvale St. was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of Denard Ellison, 17, who was shot in the 1400 block of Bond Street on May 21, 1996.

Martin is also facing murder charges in the death of Glen Wilson, 20, who was killed Jan. 25, 1996.

Pub Date: 9/13/97

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