Youth to be tried as adult in killing of pharmacist

Wilson, 16, one of four charged in shooting

February 02, 2002|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

The youngest of four people accused of kidnapping and murdering a Glen Burnie pharmacist in August will be tried as an adult, Baltimore Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait ruled yesterday.

Brian Wilson, 16, of the 2600 block of Garrett Ave. will not be tried in juvenile court as his attorney, Gil Amaral, had hoped. Wilson was 15 at the time of the killing.

He and three co-defendants, Jamal D. Barnes, 24, of the 4300 block of Seminole Ave.; Brian McMillan, 18, of the 2500 block of Garrett Ave.; and Larry Walker, 16, of the 2200 block of Homewood Ave. are scheduled for trial on March 6.

Assistant State's Attorney Sharon R. Holback argued against Wilson being tried as a juvenile.

"It was a horrific case, and he clearly participated," Holback said in a telephone interview. "We felt, given that, he should be tried in adult court."

Amaral told the court that Wilson has been in foster homes since age 10.

He said reports from the Circuit Court Medical Office indicate that Wilson "has suffered from a lack of genuine guidance, care and support" and that his placement in foster homes was a result of neglect by his mother.

"Both the state and the defense are in agreement that Brian Wilson was not the person who shot this victim," Amaral said in an interview. "The question is his level of involvement in the rest of the case, which involved the taking of the car."

Police said the four suspects followed Yvette Adrienne Beakes as she drove home from Pickles Pub, a Camden Yards bar, Aug. 8. They are accused of ramming a van into her 2001 Acura as she neared her home in the 6500 block of Fable Court, kidnapping her at gunpoint and driving her around Baltimore to automated teller machines, at which $500 was withdrawn from her account.

Beakes was taken to Southwest Baltimore, where, prosecutors say, one of the defendants shot her in the back of the head.

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