Trial to begin for two accused of manslaughter

November 13, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Opening statements are expected to be heard today in the trial of two men accused of auto manslaughter in the death of a Westminster woman during a race by three men along Route 140 in June.

Twelve jurors and three alternates was chosen yesterday to hear the case against Scott D. Broadfoot Sr., 25, of Parkville and Frederick H. Hensen Jr., 21, of Westminster.

Earlier, Judge Daniel W. Moylan rejected motions to move the case from Carroll County because of pretrial publicity.

Moylan, a retired Washington County judge, said defense lawyers failed to prove that a plethora of newspaper articles and television newscasts made it impossible to seat a fair and impartial panel from 59 prospective jurors.

Broadfoot and Hensen are accused of racing their cars against the car of co-defendant Mark E. Eppig, 22, of Westminster at speeds in excess of 100 mph over a five-mile stretch of Route 140 on June 1.

Eppig, who has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing, lost control of his car, which crossed the median and crashed into a Mitsubishi, killing its driver, Geraldine Lane "Geri" Wu, 42, a middle school teacher, and injuring her 14-year-old daughter, Min-li.

Eppig is expected to testify for the state.

Pub Date: 11/13/98

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