Annapolis man convicted of murder in third trial

January 30, 2004|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel County jury convicted an Annapolis handyman yesterday of first-degree murder in the 1992 slaying of his friend's mother - the third time Albert Gustav Givens has been tried for the crime.

Prosecutors said they will seek a sentence of life in prison without parole, the sentence Givens was serving after his first conviction for the killing, which a judge overturned. A second trial ended with a hung jury.

Circuit Judge Philip T. Caroom scheduled sentencing for Feb. 27.

"We are ecstatic and relieved," said Lisa Kilpatrick O'Connell of Pasadena, daughter of Marlene Kilpatrick, who was murdered in her Arnold home. "Our family has justice."

Givens seemed unmoved by the verdict, though his attorneys appeared upset. They did not comment.

Givens will be back in court in about two weeks for a related perjury case. Prosecutors allege that his testimony during last year's trial was at odds with what he said under oath in 1998.

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