Public defender's office to represent suspect in police officer's shooting

March 15, 2000|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

The arraignment for one of the four men charged in the killing of a Baltimore County police officer was canceled yesterday when the state public defender's office capital defense unit formally agreed to represent him.

Troy White, 25, charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 7 slaying of Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero, was scheduled to be arraigned before Baltimore County Circuit Judge J. William Hinkel.

But an arraignment -- during which a defendant is notified of the charges against him and informed of his right to a lawyer -- is not required when the defendant has a lawyer.

White is being held without bail in the Baltimore County Detention Center. His case was assigned to the capital defense unit because prosecutors might seek the death penalty, according to a spokesman for the state Office of Public Defender.

White is charged along with Donald Antonio White, 19, Richard Antonio Moore, 29, and Wesley John Moore, 24, all of Baltimore, with first-degree murder, armed robbery, robbery, handgun violations and numerous counts of assault in Prothero's slaying and the robbery of a Pikesville jewelry store.

The father of five was shot as he chased four suspects from J. Brown Jewelers on Reisterstown Road, where he worked a second job as a security guard, during a daylight robbery.

Donald White is being held without bail at the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore, also known as Supermax.

The Moores are being held without bail in the Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia and are fighting extradition to Maryland. Their extradition hearing is scheduled for Monday.

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