Glendening requests extradition of 2 suspects in officer's killing

Balto. Co. grand jury indicts two other men

March 07, 2000|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening signed papers yesterday asking Pennsylvania authorities to return for trial two brothers being held in the fatal shooting of a Baltimore County police officer.

The action occurred hours after a county grand jury indicted two other suspects in the killing Feb. 7 of Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero.

Glendening signed extradition papers seeking the return of Richard Antonio Moore, 29, and Wesley John Moore, 24, both of Baltimore.

At a hearing in Philadelphia yesterday morning, the Moores formally notified Court of Common Pleas Judge J. Sheila Woods-Skipper through their lawyers that they are opposed to being extradited to Maryland. The Moores were not taken into court for the session.

Skipper scheduled an extradition hearing for March 20 at which she will rule on the issue.

Paul George, a Philadelphia public defender representing Richard Moore, declined to comment after the hearing. David B. Mischak, Wesley Moore's court-appointed lawyer, would say only that his client wanted to delay his return to Maryland.

Also yesterday, Troy White, 25, and Donald Antonio White, 19, both of Baltimore, were indicted by a county Circuit Court grand jury on charges of first-degree murder, two handgun violations, first-degree assault and several counts of armed robbery and robbery, said S. Ann Brobst, assistant state's attorney.

Prothero was shot to death as he chased four suspects during a robbery at a Pikesville jewelry store, where he was working a second job as a security guard.

No trial date has been set.

Prosecutors are weighing whether to seek the death penalty against the four defendants.

The Whites, who are not related, were arrested separately a few days after the killing and are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

The Moores were arrested 12 days after the killing at a great-uncle's house in Philadelphia and are being held without bail at Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia.

To extradite the Moores, Glendening must formally request their return from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge in a warrant that must be signed by both governors.

Brent Beverly, who handles extradition cases for the Philadelphia district attorney, said that the warrant should be signed by both governors and available to Philadelphia prosecutors in time for the hearing March 20.

Beverly said, "The defendants have the right to contest their return to Maryland, and that's what they've decided to do."

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