Life without parole is to be sought in deli owner's killing

March 09, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Howard prosecutors have filed notice that they intend to seek a sentence of life without the possibility of parole if Reginald Venable Jr., one of two men accused in the fatal shooting of a Jessup deli owner in October, is convicted of first-degree murder.

Howard State's Attorney Timothy J. McCrone said Venable's case was not eligible for the death penalty.

"We never really felt that he was the shooter," McCrone said.

Venable, 47, of the 800 block of E. 33rd St. in Baltimore, is scheduled for trial April 12.

Venable and Walter James Blannon, 38, of the 1600 block of Calvert St. in Baltimore, are accused of robbing and fatally shooting Kwang Jun Kim, 53, as the victim carried a bag filled with $125,000 to his deli and convenience store in the 7800 block of Washington Blvd. The business included a check-cashing service.

Two men fled after the shooting Oct. 8, sparking a police chase that ended in South Athol Avenue in Baltimore, where a Baltimore County police officer shot one man after he pointed a gun at the officer, authorities said.

McCrone previously announced plans to seek life without parole for Blannon, whose case is scheduled for trial June 28.

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