Opening statements slated to begin in murder trial

Man, 28, stands accused of killing Columbia woman

October 19, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Opening statements are scheduled to begin this morning in Howard County Circuit Court in the first-degree murder trial of a Prince George's County man accused of murdering a pregnant Columbia woman.

Yesterday, lawyers selected jurors - eight men and four women - to hear the case against Tjane Charmeise Marshall that is expected to last one to two weeks. Lawyers chose three alternate jurors, all women.

Marshall 28, of the 3900 block of Coach Lane in Suitland, is accused of killing 23-year-old Shameka Fludd, who was found shot in the head in her Stevens Forest apartment in Columbia's Oakland Mills Village in May last year.

Police said she was four to five months pregnant, and charging documents say that Fludd's sister believed Marshall did not want Fludd to have the child, saying it would "ruin his life."

Fludd, the mother of two young children, taught at Easton Express Day Care in Laurel for nearly five years. She was found in her apartment in the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road on May 4, after her grandmother called police because she had not heard from Fludd in more than a day.

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