Baltimore man, 25, admits killing, attempted murder

He chose gay victims, telling police he considered them `evil'

June 01, 2000|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man admitted yesterday that he murdered a homosexual man and tried to kill another because, he told police, he thought gay men were "evil."

Gary William Mick, 25, pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court to first-degree murder, attempted murder and armed robbery in the two attacks, in June and September last year.

In the first attack, Christopher Williams Jones, 37, a New Jersey man in Baltimore to attend a pharmaceutical conference, was found bludgeoned to death at the Admiral Fell Inn in Fells Point.

Mick, of the 3200 block of N. Charles St., is to be sentenced July 25 before Judge Roger W. Brown. Assistant State's Attorney Vickie Wash said she will seek two consecutive life terms.

Mick stood silently as Wash read to the court the details of the crimes.

On June 29, Mick accompanied Jones to his hotel room, Wash said, after the two apparently met socially. Once inside, Mick beat Jones, of Metuchen, N.J., with a claw hammer, striking him nine times on the right side of the head.

He then stole Jones' GMC Yukon truck and credit cards, which he used to buy clothes, jewelry, food and a beard trimmer, the prosecutor said.

On Sept. 14, Mick met a Baltimore dentist at a bar and had dinner with him. Later, after they went to the dentist's home, Mick assaulted him, attacking the victim with a knife while giving him a massage. The men struggled, and the victim was able to fight Mick off, Wash said.

Police arrested Mick the next day after a 12-hour stakeout of his mother's home in Anne Arundel County. Police matched his fingerprints to prints found in Jones' hotel room and car. Police also found DNA evidence in the room that matched Mick's, Wash said.

Mick then confessed to both crimes, Wash said, saying he wanted to rob the men. He told police that a childhood incident caused him to hate homosexuals.

"He claims that it caused him to have a thing about gay men and think they were evil," Wash said.

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