Man convicted of 1981 murder seeks new trial

October 21, 2003|By Athima Chansanchai | Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County man sentenced more than two decades ago to life in prison in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Finksburg girl went to court yesterday to ask for a new trial, arguing that his lawyer in the case failed to adequately represent him.

Through his attorney, Cecil L. Redman Jr. also asked that his sentence be reduced, complaining that his lawyer should have been able to negotiate a plea agreement with less prison time.

Redman was 16 when he was charged in December 1981 with first-degree murder in the death of Ingrid Bernhard, 17, of Finksburg. According to trial testimony, Redman was armed with a shotgun when he went to the Finksburg home of a girl who had rejected his romantic overtures and had accused him of telephone harassment. That girl hid in her bedroom and was unharmed, but Bernhard was killed with a single blast to the chest.

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