Daughter says in court mother conspired to kill father

October 01, 2003|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A 57-year-old woman charged with killing her husband eight years ago listened in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday as one of her daughters testified that her mother conspired to kill her father -- a man described by the mother as "rotten to the core."

Geralene Lincoln could receive two life sentences if she is convicted in the bludgeoning death in 1995 of her husband, Leroy Lincoln Sr. She hated her estranged husband, according to testimony, because he had sexually abused their daughters, forced their sons to sell drugs and had many affairs.

"I told police I think my mother was involved because she talked about [killing him] all the time," Tia Whitehead testified yesterday.

Geralene Lincoln's lawyer, Warren A. Brown, argued that Lincoln talked so often about killing her estranged husband over a 20-year span that friends and relatives did not believe she was serious.

In a taped statement she gave to police, Lincoln said her husband was "dirty and mean," as well as "rotten to the core." After he died, she told her family she wanted to flush his ashes down the toilet, testimony showed.

Beverly Lincoln, another daughter who testified yesterday, said her father molested a sister -- who has since died -- and tried to molest her.

Geralene Lincoln decided to keep Brown as her lawyer after telling a judge Monday that he was neglecting her case. She is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Leroy Lincoln Jr., 27, of North Wilkesboro, N.C., was convicted Thursday in the death of his father, who was 51.

Leroy Lincoln Sr. was found Feb. 27, 1995, in his apartment on East Northern Parkway.

Lincoln collected a $20,000 life insurance policy and moved with their son to North Carolina a month after the killing. Mother and son were arrested in October last year and have been held without bail in the Baltimore City Detention Center.

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