Theft suspect pleads guilty

Man takes plea bargain in pizza-delivery incident last year

January 13, 2000|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

One of two Baltimore men accused of robbing and shooting a pizza delivery woman in Columbia early last year pleaded guilty yesterday to reduced charges in exchange for his cooperation at the trial of the other suspect.

Charles A. Mosley, 20, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and use of a handgun in a felony under an agreement with prosecutors, who are expected to drop nine other charges, including attempted murder, in exchange for his testimony.

The other suspect, Naim Quinton Abdul-Muhaimin, 21, is scheduled for trial this month. Mosley's sentencing is scheduled for April.

Mosley's attorney, Samuel Truette, and Assistant State's Attorney Thomas W. Rafter declined to comment after yesterday's hearing in Howard County Circuit Court.

Mosley admitted participating in the robbery but not the shooting of the delivery woman, Martha Lunsford, 31, on New Year's Day 1999, an incident that shocked residents of Harper's Choice village.

Mosley and Abdul-Muhaimin needed money for gas that night, Rafter said, and decided to commit a "petty robbery." They called a Papa John's and placed a large order to be delivered to an apartment complex on Turnabout Lane for a child's birthday party, Rafter said.

When Lunsford was unable to confirm a telephone number on Caller ID or a number given by the customer, another employee, Adeola Okubanjo, joined her during the delivery to Turnabout Lane, Rafter said.

After they arrived, Lunsford and Okubanjo were confronted by two men with guns and taken into a laundry room where they were ordered to face the wall and robbed, Rafter said. Lunsford and Okubanjo were then led at gunpoint outside the apartments and walked toward Okubanjo's car, Rafter said. Lunsford tried to flee, and Abdul-Muhaimin ran after her, Rafter said.

Okubanjo and Mosley told authorities they heard a gunshot, Rafter said.

Lunsford said that after one of the robbers caught her, he dragged her across the pavement, police said.

Lunsford pleaded for mercy, but the man told her she "shouldn't have run," police said.

The man shot Lunsford, and bullet fragments lodged in her jaw, police said.

After the shooting, Mosley and Abdul-Muhaimin fled to North Carolina, Rafter said.

Lunsford was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was treated and released a few days later. This summer, she had surgery to remove the bullet fragments from her jaw.

Police crime scene technicians linked fingerprints at the scene to Mosley, Rafter said.

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