Arundel Digest


September 09, 2004

Hanover woman raped in beauty shop, police say

A Hanover woman was raped yesterday morning in the beauty shop where she works, Anne Arundel County police said, and a suspect has been arrested in the case.

The 50-year-old woman was alone in the store on Dorsey Road about 10:45 a.m. when someone walked into the business and asked her to make change, said police spokesman Lt. Joseph E. Jordan.

The man then picked up a pair of scissors, took money and sexually assaulted the woman before fleeing on foot, Jordan said.

David Eric Kittrell, 36, of no fixed address was arrested in connection with the incident, the police spokesman said. He was apprehended about 12:30 p.m. on nearby Ridge Road.

Death penalty effort for killer of two renewed

Anne Arundel County prosecutors have renewed their push to seek the death penalty in the case of a Glen Burnie man charged with the 2002 murders of his landlady and her daughter-in-law.

Citing technical problems with the initial murder indictments against Kenneth Ernest Abend, an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge last week upheld defense lawyers' request to prevent prosecutors from seeking a death sentence in the case.

In response, county prosecutors Friday refiled capital murder indictments against Abend, 42, who is accused of fatally shooting Laverne M. Browning, 70, and Tamie C. Browning, 36, of Glen Burnie in January 2002. Their bodies later were found in the trunk of the younger woman's car.

Abend's case is scheduled for trial in mid-October.

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