Man accused in '85 slaying of woman is denied bail Indictment expected on murder charge

December 10, 1997|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Kenneth Allen White, the man charged with the 1985 slaying of an Ellicott City woman, was denied bail at a hearing yesterday morning.

White, 47, charged with first-degree murder, was brought to Howard County Monday afternoon by police from his home in Lebanon, Pa. He is being held at the Howard County Detention Center.

Officials said they expect an indictment within the next weeks.

At yesterday's hearing, Judge James N. Vaughan said he felt the first-degree murder charge and White's lack of ties to Maryland warranted White's being held without bond.

Via closed-circuit television, White admitted that he had been charged with robbery in Pennsylvania twice, including once in 1968. White also said he "did time" in prison.

Asked if he had ever fled to avoid charges, White challenged the contention of police and prosecutors that he initially tried to avoid capture Nov. 24 before turning himself in.

"When I found out up in Pennsylvania about this, I went right to the municipal building" and surrendered, White told the court. "I know I'm not guilty."

It is unclear who will represent White.

Police believe that White murdered Sandra Lee Taylor, 31, after meeting her at a bar on New Year's Day, 1985, according to court documents.

Ten years after her disappearance, Taylor's remains were found in a shallow grave 6 1/2 miles from the bar and just yards from Route 99 in western Howard County. White, who witnesses said left the bar with Taylor, was charged with her murder two weeks ago.

Police said White fled moments before they tried to arrest him Nov. 24 at his Lebanon apartment after the suspect received a letter from a Columbia attorney hoping to represent him.

White eventually surrendered later that evening.

The lawyer who had hoped to represent White used an Edgewater service, LETS Co., which combs computerized arrest warrant records, then sends suspects solicitation letters from attorneys.

After what occurred in regard to the solicitation letter in the White case, as well as several similar incidents elsewhere in Maryland, a judge closed public computer access to unserved arrest warrants.

Pub Date: 12/10/97

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