Bail denied for 2 men charged in N.Y. killing

Suspects accused in death of girl, 14, who was slated to testify in sex abuse trial

July 26, 2002|By Linda Linley and Dennis O'Brien | Linda Linley and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore area men are being held without bail in the Baltimore County Detention Center, charged in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl at her home in Binghamton, N.Y., over the weekend, Binghamton police said yesterday.

Robert L. Williams Jr., 33, whose last known address was in the 4000 block of Wilsby Ave. in Baltimore, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the city. The arrest was made about 12 hours after the victim's brother-in-law, Vernon E. Parker Jr., 32, of the 4300 block of Breeders Cup Circle in Randallstown, was arrested in the killing of Devin Spears. The girl had been scheduled to testify against Parker in Baltimore County in a sexual abuse case, police said.

The teen-ager and her mother, Valerie Spears, 50, were found fatally shot in their Binghamton home shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, Binghamton police Lt. Alex Minor said yesterday. A Binghamton police officer saw two men leaving the scene when he went to the home to investigate a series of 911 hang-up calls there.

Williams was ordered held without bail by a Towson District Court commissioner yesterday. The court papers provided no details about his arrest or evidence gathered by police.

Neither Williams nor Parker has been charged in the shooting death of Valerie Spears, police said. Parker is married to Spears' eldest daughter.

Minor, who is leading the Binghamton investigation, said both men were charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of the teen-ager.

The two men claimed to be employed by 4 Ace Bail Bonds in the 2300 block of E. Monument St. in Baltimore, Minor said. However, Toni Hill, the business' office manager, said yesterday that the two men were "freelance bounty hunters and were not employed by us."

Parker was charged in the fall with two felonies - child abuse and a third-degree sex offense - in incidents that Devin said occurred when she visited Parker's home in Randallstown last summer, according to Baltimore County Deputy State's Attorney Stephen R. Bailey. Devin said the incidents occurred while Parker was alone with her, Bailey said.

The case had been scheduled for trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Tuesday after being postponed this spring, Bailey said.

Williams, who worked as a security guard at the former Strawberry 5000 nightclub in Rosedale, was charged with assault by a customer there in November 1999, court documents show. The charges were dismissed in March 2000.

An extradition hearing for Williams is set for Aug. 20.

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