Riggins' lawyers withdraw motions in murder case

No pretrial issues to argue, Murtha says

May 30, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Lawyers for a 43-year-old Dorsey man accused of killing his wife, who disappeared almost five years ago, withdrew motions in the case yesterday, saying they found no pretrial issues to argue in more than 7,000 pages of discovery.

Paul Stephen Riggins is charged with the first-degree murder of his wife, Nancy Lee Riggins, whose body was never found. During a brief hearing in Howard County Circuit Court yesterday, defense attorney Joseph Murtha said there were no issues with the way tape recordings were done or the way two search warrants were executed in the case.

The absence of pretrial motions means that the evidence in the case will remain under wraps until the July 2 trial. Usually, some evidence is disclosed through the motions process.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.

Riggins was arrested and charged in late September, more than four years after he reported his wife missing. He called police July 3, 1996, and told them that he had come home the day before to find her gone and their then-5-year-old daughter home alone.

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