Man convicted on two counts of attempted murder

August 29, 1998|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

A man charged with three murders and suspected in two more was convicted yesterday of trying to kill two Baltimore County men after an argument three years ago.

Dana Sylvester Whitley, 29, of the 5700 block of Utrecht Road in East Baltimore, faces up to 30 years in prison on each of two counts of second-degree attempted murder, after his conviction by a county Circuit Court jury. Sentencing is set for Sept. 25.

A convicted armed robber released on parole in March 1993, Whitley was charged last summer in a series of killings in which the victims were suffocated with plastic bags.

Whitley initially was charged in the suffocation deaths of Lorraine and John Temple, a Parkville couple found dead in their apartment in December 1993. Those charges were dropped in June, county prosecutor Mickey J. Norman said, while investigators seek more evidence.

Whitley also faces murder charges in the July 1994 suffocation deaths of Timothy Tyson and Leif Hansen in their northeast Baltimore apartment, and in the April 1995 shooting death of Daniel Adkins in northeast Baltimore.

In the trial that ended yesterday, Whitley was convicted of trying to kill David Johnson and Keith Downing in August 1995 after an argument between Johnson and Whitley's brother, Roderick Anderson.

Pub Date: 8/29/98

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