Court sends 2 men to Md.

Suspects in Prothero shooting extradited, held in Towson jail

Pair shows little emotion

Indictment expected in 2 to 4 weeks, says county prosecutor

March 21, 2000|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

Two men charged in the killing of Baltimore County police Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero -- arrested in Philadelphia a month ago after an intensive manhunt -- were returned to Maryland yesterday after brief hearings before a Pennsylvania judge.

Richard Antonio Moore, 29, and Wesley John Moore, 24, were transferred to the custody of Baltimore County police in Philadelphia after Court of Common Pleas Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper ruled that prosecutors had established the Moore brothers' identities with fingerprints and photographs.

They were being held last night without bail at the county detention center in Towson on charges of first-degree murder.

The Moore brothers were taken before Woods-Skipper separately and showed little emotion as she reviewed legal papers in which Gov. Parris N. Glendening formally requested their extradition.

Lawyers appointed in Philadelphia to represent the Moores did not argue against extradition, which required the approval of Glendening and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.

At one point, Richard Moore turned in his seat at the trial table and winked at his mother, Mary Moore, who was seated a few rows behind him in the courtroom.

She later declined to comment.

The Moores were driven back to Maryland by county police detectives yesterday after the hearing. They were taken before a commissioner late yesterday in Towson District Court, where they were ordered held without bail last night at Baltimore County Detention Center.

The Moores are charged, with Troy White, 25, and Donald Antonio White, 19, both of Baltimore, with first-degree murder in the death of Prothero. The father of five was shot Feb. 7 as he chased four suspects during a daylight robbery of the J. Brown Jewelers on Reisterstown Road.

The Moores were arrested Feb. 19 after dozens of police officers from Baltimore County and Philadelphia, with FBI agents, raided their great-uncle's rowhouse in North Philadelphia, where they had been for three days.

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

Troy White is being held in Baltimore County Detention Center. Donald White, who was charged while being held on unrelated charges in the Baltimore jail, is being held at the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore.

The Whites were indicted by a county grand jury March 6 on charges of first-degree murder, handgun violations, first-degree assault, robbery and armed robbery.

S. Ann Brobst, an assistant state's attorney, said evidence against the Moores will be presented to a Baltimore County grand jury in two to four weeks.

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