Convicted killer is sentenced to death again by Wicomico County jury

January 30, 1998|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF

A Woodlawn man received the death penalty this week for the second time, after a Wicomico County jury deliberated for three hours on his sentence for the 1994 murder of his former girlfriend's mother in Baltimore County.

The 1996 death sentence for Clarence Conyers Jr. was overturned last year when the Court of Appeals ruled that the jury sentencing him was given inadmissible evidence of his juvenile arrest record.

Conyers was convicted in 1996 of murdering Wanda Johnson of the 7100 block of Bexhill Road in southeastern Baltimore County on Oct. 21, 1994, while he was burglarizing her home.

Conyers also was convicted of murdering Lawrence Bradshaw, his accomplice, to prevent Bradshaw from naming him to police. Conyers was sentenced to life without parole in the Bradshaw murder.

This week, Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorneys Peter Johnson and John Cox retried the death penalty phase of the case before a new jury.

"The death penalty was an appropriate sentence from the heinous crime he committed," Cox said after the new sentencing.

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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