Sentencing in Columbia teen's killing is delayed

Brill picks new attorney to seek another trial

March 21, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Yesterday's scheduled sentencing for Scott Jory Brill, one of two men convicted in the stabbing and strangulation of 14-year-old Columbia resident Ashley Nicole Mason, was postponed after Brill decided to retain a new attorney.

Brill, who was represented by Warren A. Brown during his bench trial in October, has hired Linda R. Tripp's lawyer, Joseph Murtha, to handle his sentencing and an attempt to request a new trial - although the deadline to petition the court for retrial has passed.

Court papers argue that Brill should be able to make a belated request because he was never advised of his post-trial rights after Howard Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney convicted him of first-degree murder. Brill, 19, opted to have his case tried by Sweeney instead of a jury.

No new sentencing date had been set by yesterday afternoon. Prosecutors are seeking life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Brill, of the 5700 block of Sweetwind Place in Columbia, and Frederick James Moore, 22, of the 6600 block of Eberle Drive in Baltimore were convicted in the high-profile case. Ashley's body was found in woods behind a Columbia Pizza Hut on Nov. 3, 2000. She had been strangled and stabbed 34 times, according to trial testimony.

Moore's sentencing is scheduled for April 11.

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