Suspect said police wouldn't 'get' him Investigator testifies in retrial of man accused in double slaying

May 13, 1998|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Scotland E. Williams, suspected in a double murder, told Anne Arundel County police they would be unable to "get" him, then later said he knew he was not leaving custody, the chief investigator in the case testified yesterday.

Detective Timothy Zywiolek told an Anne Arundel Circuit jury that Williams made the remarks when he was being questioned after his arrest May 19, 1994. He said Williams reacted quickly after the detective showed him a bank photo of himself using the victims' automated teller machine card while sitting in their car.

" 'You can't get me,' " Zywiolek said Williams told him. " 'I'll just say some girl gave me the [ATM] card.' "

But later he said, " 'I know I'm never getting out,' " Zywiolek testified.

Williams, 35, of Arnold is being retried on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of lawyers Jose E. Trias, 49, and Julie Noel Gilbert, 48, who were found shot to death May 16, 1994, in their weekend home in Winchester on the Severn, a waterfront community near Annapolis.

Williams was sentenced to death at his 1995 trial, but the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned the verdict in 1996, ruling ruled that Judge Eugene M. Lerner improperly allowed prejudicial evidence to be used against Williams and placed too many restrictions on the defense questioning of DNA evidence.

Yesterday was the fourth day of testimony in the trial, which is expected to continue at least through next week.

State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee has gotten through fewer than half of his approximately 45 witnesses. What is expected to be the most contentious part of the trial, the DNA evidence that prosecutors say links Williams to the crime scene, is still to come.

In opening remarks, defense attorney Michele M. Nethercott said Williams was not the killer and that there was not enough evidence to draw conclusions.

Jurors heard yesterday that Williams used ATM cards at two banks, Maryland National at Glen Burnie Mall and Elkridge National Bank in Cromwell Field Shopping Center in Glen Burnie, to withdraw $3,000 from the victims' accounts.

He was photographed making the withdrawal from the Maryland National bank about 9: 40 p.m. May 15, 1994.

It was that photo that led to his arrest.

Detective Ed Stratton, who had taken a shoe print from Williams during a burglary investigation a year earlier, recognized him. Investigators waited outside the house Williams shared with his mother and arrested him as he emerged from the house.

Pub Date: 5/13/98

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