Suspect in trooper's death faces Feb. trial

No death penalty decision in undercover D.C. killing

March 09, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

WASHINGTON -- A Feb. 4 trial date has been set for Kofi Apea Orleans-Lindsay, a Silver Spring man accused of killing an undercover Maryland State Police trooper in October.

U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly set the date yesterday and also scheduled the next status hearing for May 7.

Orleans-Lindsay is accused of killing Cpl. Edward M. Toatley, 37, during an undercover drug sting in northeast Washington. Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.

Two weeks after the shooting, police arrested Orleans-Lindsay in New York City and charged him with first-degree murder in the death of Toatley, a father of three from Halethorpe.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. O'Malley Jr. said yesterday that officials are waiting for a superseding indictment, which might not be filed for another 60 days.

"There's already an indictment but a new one has been returned, either by adding, subtracting or expanding the charges," O'Malley said, declining to comment further.

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