Father and son convicted in Balto. Co. killing

February 26, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A father and son have been convicted in the fatal shooting of a Baltimore County teen-ager and the wounding of her mother in a scheme aimed at collecting life insurance benefits, prosecutors said.

Convicted of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to murder were Donald Williams, 52, of the first block of Franklin Valley Circle in Reisterstown, and his son Maurice Bernard Williams, 29, of Lynchburg, Va., said Assistant State's Attorney Mickey Norman.

The two were charged with the shootings Aug. 30, 1990, of Donald Williams' wife, Pamela Williams, and her 17-year-old daughter, Tiffany Chisholm, at their home. Pamela Williams survived but said she could not identify the attacker who killed her daughter.

Maurice Williams was the gunman, said Norman, but the murder was planned by the father.

"Donald Williams was in Virginia with his girlfriend," Norman said. "But he's equally culpable because he planned the murder with Maurice."

Donald Williams had promised his son $5,000 of a $95,000 life insurance policy he had taken out on his wife, Norman said.

Although the younger Williams did not know it, the elder man planned to collect from a second insurance policy for $100,000.

"He would have stood to gain $195,000," Norman said. "That's what makes him equally culpable. He was the one who set events in motion."

The elder Williams left a window open in his wife's house before leaving for Virginia so his son could get in, Norman said.

A Baltimore County jury found both men guilty Tuesday of the murder, attempted murder and conspiracy charges, plus handgun violations, Norman said.

Sentencing is set for April 20, and the state will ask that both men be sentenced to life without parole, he said.

Pub Date: 2/26/99

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