Inmate charged in 1995 killing at Laurel store

July 23, 1998|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police have arrested a prison inmate in the 1995 Valentine's Day slaying of a Laurel telephone clerk who was shot during what police suspect was an attempted robbery.

Yesterday, county police charged Shaun Jermaine Holman, 26, at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup with first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, attempted armed robbery and handgun violations in connection with the death of Angelia K. Hamilton, 22.

Holman had been charged in February 1995 and convicted on two attempted-murder charges in Prince George's County. He also was charged in March 1995 in two armed robberies in which victims were shot, police said.

The victim and her husband, Brandon Hamilton, had moved from Oklahoma looking for better jobs in Maryland. The homicide was the first in the county in 1995.

Police said a gunman entered the Car Tel Mobile Communications store in the 3400 block of Laurel Fort Meade Road just after noon, asked to see some telephones and opened fire. Hamilton was able to give police a description of the gunman before she was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

She said the gunman had been in the store the previous day with another man looking at phones, and that she was opening the display case when he shot her. The gunman took nothing and fled.

Hamilton died about six hours later while in surgery.

Detectives David Waltemeyer and Herbert H. Hasenpusch took on the case nearly three years later, reviewing the documents and statements and rechecking information on possible suspects.

Holman had been a suspect in the original investigation, "but it didn't pan out," said Sgt. Charles Blevins, homicide supervisor.

When detectives investigated Holman again, they found that he had lived in the Laurel section of Prince George's County, and had been convicted of similar crimes.

Holman also matched a composite of the suspect, police said, and ballistics evidence sealed the case, said Officer Carol Frye, police spokeswoman.

Pub Date: 7/23/98

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