Two indicted on murder charges after bodies found in car trunk

December 09, 2003|By Lane Harvey Brown | Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF

A Cecil County grand jury handed up first-degree murder indictments yesterday against a man and woman arrested last month on Interstate 95 after two bodies were found in the trunk of the car they were riding in, law enforcement officials said.

James Moore, 39, of Andrews, S.C., and Porsha Harper, 36, of Greensboro, N.C., were being held without bond last night in the Cecil County Detention Center, the District Court commissioner's office said.

Earlier in the day, Moore and Harper had been released during a preliminary hearing, said Cpl. Rob Moroney, a Maryland State Police spokesman. But the grand jury - convened about the same time - found enough evidence to warrant charging Moore and Harper with first-degree murder, so the two were rearrested by state police, Moroney said.

Moore and Harper appeared before District Judge James McKinney for the preliminary hearing, court officials said. Details as to why the two were released were not immediately clear last night.

Moore and Harper were arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 on Nov. 5 after a trooper noticed the car was riding low to the ground and clothes were scattered inside the blue four-door Dodge Intrepid, court records show. Harper opened the trunk for police, and two bound bodies wrapped in plastic and blankets were discovered, records show.

The victims, who were shot, were identified as Willie A. Robinson, 35, of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Alexandria A. Withers, 21, of Greensboro, N.C., according to police.

This is the second time that Cecil district judges have released Moore and Harper, according to court records.

They appeared before Judge Stephen Baker for a bail review hearing Nov. 7, and he expressed concerns about the evidence available to support the first-degree murder charges, according to State's Attorney Christopher Eastridge. Subsequent accessory-to-murder charges were filed against Moore and Harper, records show, to keep them in custody.

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