Trial opens in attack on Pizza Hut driver Defendant, 19, is one of four teens charged in shooting of woman

January 27, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Alcohol and drugs contributed to the shooting of a Taneytown pizza delivery woman last winter when four teen-agers planned to rob her for drug money, said Joseph Murtha, a Baltimore attorney representing the alleged shooter.

The first-degree attempted murder trial of Edward F. "Eddie" Sible began yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Sible, 19, of Harney is accused of firing two shots at Linda D. Bond, 48, of Westminster. One struck the side of her Toyota, and the other opened a baseball-size hole in the passenger window.

One bullet entered her shoulder, passed through her liver and lodged next to her spine, where it remains, said Bond, the first witness called by prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III.

In opening remarks, Beall said he would prove that Sible and three co-defendants planned a robbery that went awry after they had checked the crime scene and gone to pick up a .22-caliber pistol used in the shooting.

Beall said the plan went wrong because Bond didn't stop her car and because the driver of a pickup truck, who knew two of the defendants, came along and later told police he had seen them at the shooting scene.

Bond told the jury of seven men and seven women, including two alternates, how she took the phone order on Feb. 20 for a large pepperoni pizza to be delivered to a remote farm road off Roop Road in northwest Carroll County, about five miles from her base at the Taneytown Pizza Hut.

She drove there about 9 p.m. and, unable to find who placed the order, was leaving when her car window was shattered.

"I didn't know I was shot," she said. "I felt pain, and thought someone threw a rock through the window."

In his opening statement, Murtha called Bond's shooting tragic, but noted that his client also was charged with reckless endangerment, showing that prosecutors were not certain what happened that night.

Murtha implied that the lesser charge of reckless endangerment was more accurate. He said the state would not present #F evidence that Sible and three co-defendants from Taneytown -- Cory A. Coil, 20, Leo "Joey" Brandenburg, 18, and Melissa A. Redding, 19 -- conspired to carjack or kill Bond, charges on which his client also was indicted.

When Murtha questioned Bond yesterday, Bond said she was unable to identify in the dark from a distance of about 25 feet the two young white men she saw running toward her car the night of the shooting. She said she did not see a gun, nor hear a shot.

Bond said she did not realize she had been shot until she returned to the Pizza Hut.

"I felt wetness and lots of pain," she said.

Bond was flown by state MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was treated for about a week.

The jurors were not told yesterday that Coil and Brandenburg have pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery, and each was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Nor did they hear that Redding has pleaded guilty, but has not been sentenced.

Under her plea agreement, Redding can be sentenced to a maximum of 18 months, if she testifies against Sible.

The trial before Judge Francis M. Arnold is expected to continue until Thursday.

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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