Jury convicts man of killing former girlfriend

November 20, 1999|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF

A Woodlawn truck driver was convicted yesterday of murdering his former girlfriend and hiding her body in his basement freezer for a year and 10 days, until his teen-age son found the body while looking for something to eat.

The jury in the Baltimore County Circuit courtroom of Judge Lawrence R. Daniels convicted Corbett A. Powell, 42, of first-degree murder in the death of Deborah L. Blunt, a 7-Eleven clerk.

During the three-day trial that began Tuesday, prosecutors Stephen Bailey and Marc Zayon presented evidence showing that Powell lied to police and to Blunt's relatives, saying he had no idea where she was after her disappearance May 9, 1998.

But his son, Corbett A. Powell II, 18, testified that on May 19, he went to a basement chest freezer looking for something to eat and saw a foot inside a large bundle in the freezer.

The elder Powell took the stand in his defense, saying that Blunt was shot accidentally during an argument in which she first pointed his shotgun at him. He said he didn't call police because "I was afraid of being locked up, going to jail and no one believing me."

Powell said he thought of confessing to police, but never had the courage. "A day turned into a week and a week turned into a month and a month turned into a year," he said.

Sentencing is set for Wednesday. Stephen L. Miles, Powell's defense attorney, said he would appeal the verdict.

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