2nd man charged in killing

Warrants issued for two brothers in officer's death

Suspects from city

Latest arrest made at intake, booking center in Baltimore

February 11, 2000|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

Police have charged a second suspect and have obtained arrest warrants for two other men in Monday's killing of an off-duty Baltimore County police sergeant.

Donald Antonio White Jr., 19, of the 4400 block of Franconia Drive in Baltimore was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero, who was working as a security guard when he was shot and killed by robbers at a Pikesville jewelry store.

Police are seeking two brothers from Baltimore, Richard Antonio Moore, 29, of the 2000 block of E. Fayette St., and Wesley John Moore, 24, of the 2700 block of The Alameda, on charges of first-degree murder. Court documents allege that Richard Moore shot and killed Prothero.

City and county police were searching in Baltimore last night for the Moore brothers.

City police broadcasts asked officers to be on the lookout for a red or burgundy 1990 Subaru station wagon, in connection with the Prothero shooting, that the Moore brothers were last seen driving.

The arrest of the second suspect, Donald White, was the latest break in an intense weeklong investigation.

White was arrested at the Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore, where he was being charged in an incident that occurred after the Prothero shooting.

The first arrest in the case was made Tuesday, when Troy White, a 23-year-old Baltimore man, was charged with first-degree murder. Troy White and Donald White -- who are not related -- are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

A bail hearing for Donald White is scheduled for 10 a.m. today in Towson District Court.

Donald White has a lengthy criminal record. He was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in April. In July 1998, he was charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder, according to court documents.

He has not entered a plea to any of the charges. Neither case has gone to trial.

According to court records, Richard Moore has been charged with a number of crimes, including carrying a concealed weapon, assault, drug possession, burglary, battery and resisting arrest.

Wesley Moore has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, weapons violations, drug possession and discharging a firearm in a metropolitan area, court records show.

Further information on the cases was not available last night.

A statement of charges filed by Baltimore County Police Detective Philip Marll alleges that Richard Moore shot Prothero because the officer was coming after the four men, who fled in two cars.

Troy White identified Richard Moore -- also known as "Tony" -- as the one who did the shooting, according to the statement of charges.

The detective said that "Tony" Moore told Troy White "that he had to shoot the man because he drew down on him."

City police last night broadcast a description of the Moore brothers. They said Richard Moore is believed to have burn marks on his face.

Troy White admitted being one of the four robbers, the detective said in the charging documents, but said that he was not armed.

He told the detective that he and Donald White followed the Moore brothers into the store, smashed display cases and grabbed jewelry, according to the charging documents.

Police said that Prothero was shot twice and killed after four men robbed J. Brown Jewelers of more than $400,000 in jewelry and Rolex, Omega and Cartier watches. They were seen leaving in two cars, one of them a 1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88.

A woman reached by telephone at Donald White's Franconia Drive address identified herself as his sister and said: "We don't have anything to say at this point. We haven't even talked to him yet."

Yesterday, prosecutors from the county state's attorney's office said they had not decided whether to seek the death penalty in the case.

"A decision has not been made and won't be until the [police] investigation is completed," said S. Ann Brobst, an assistant state's attorney.

Sun staff writers Dan Thanh Dang, Nancy A. Youssef, David Nitkin and Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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