City man pleads guilty in killings of mother, stepfather

July 21, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 34-year-old South Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of second-degree murder in the hatchet slayings almost two years ago of his mother and stepfather.

Baltimore Circuit Judge John C. Themelis sentenced Dwain Harris to two consecutive 30-year prison terms for the August 1996 killings of Harold and Essie Wainright.

Police found the bodies of Harold Wainright, 69, and Essie Wainright, 62, in separate second-floor rooms of their two-story rowhouse in the 1100 block of S. Hanover St., according to court records.

Officers had gone to the Wainrights' home after being notified by the owner of a neighborhood tavern that Harold Wainright had not shown up for his part-time job.

Police found the murder weapon -- a hatchet -- in a hallway.

Harris, who had met police when they arrived, told officers that day that he had killed the couple.

Harris, who had no previous criminal record, told police that he and his mother had been arguing about his drug use -- his mother had asked him to stop using -- when he attacked her.

Pub Date: 7/21/98

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