Bail denied for suspect in shooting of woman Trial in alleged robbery, murder attempt on pizza driver scheduled Jan. 28

October 15, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Carroll Circuit Court judge rejected bail yesterday for a Harney man charged in the robbery and shooting of a pizza delivery woman last winter.

Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. ordered Edward F. Sible Jr., 19, of Harney, to remain in the Carroll County Detention Center until his trial on attempted first-degree murder and related charges.

Sible has been held without bail since his arrest Feb. 27. A trial is scheduled Jan. 28.

Joseph Murtha, a Baltimore attorney representing Sible, said his client was entitled to reasonable bail, and that he could live with and work for his father. Murtha said Sible would not flee and that he was no threat to society because he no longer uses drugs and alcohol.

Prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III argued that a judge has discretion whether to grant bail when the charges carry a possible life sentence.

Three co-defendants have pleaded guilty in the attempted armed robbery of the delivery woman, Linda D. Bond, 48, who worked at the Taneytown Pizza Hut.

She was lured Feb. 20 to a rural area along Roop Road about five miles from Taneytown, where the robbery went awry.

Bond suffers chronic pain from a bullet that remains lodged behind her liver, Beall said.

Prosecutors believe the robbery was planned because Sible wanted to buy drugs and not, as first thought, because he had no money to go to the movies, Beall said.

Co-defendants have told investigators that Sible wanted to commit more robberies and said so, as soon as he got into the car used in the getaway, Beall said.

Beall told Beck that Sible was convicted of battery and given a 30-day suspended sentence in an unrelated incident eight days before the robbery.

Court records show Corey A. Coil, 19, of Taneytown pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a deadly weapon, first-degree assault and use of a handgun in committing a felony.

According to a plea arrangement, Coil will serve no more than 25 years in prison.

Court records show Leo "Joey" Brandenburg, 18, of Taneytown pleaded guilty to the same charges and got the same deal as Coil.

Melissa A. Redding, 19, of Taneytown also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and will receive a maximum sentence of 18 months, court records show.

None of the co-defendants has been sentenced.

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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