Jury is selected in city man's trial

He faces murder charges in Jessup deli owner's death

February 01, 2005|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

Opening statements were scheduled to begin this morning in Howard County Circuit Court in the first-degree murder trial of a Baltimore man charged in the fatal shooting of a Jessup deli owner in October 2003.

Yesterday, lawyers selected 12 jurors - eight men and four women - to hear the case against Walter J. Blannon, one of two men charged in Kwang Jun Kim's death. Two women and one man also were chosen to be alternates.

The trial is expected to last four to five days.

Blannon, 39, of the 1600 block of N. Calvert St., faces first-degree murder and related charges in the death of Kim, 53, of Ellicott City.

Kim owned the Jessup Plaza Deli & Convenience, which sold sandwiches and sundries and offered check-cashing services in the strip mall in the 7800 block of Washington Blvd. Kim's family sold the deli after his death.

On Oct. 8, 2003, two men grabbed Kim as he carried a bank bag filled with $125,000, according to police. One man pointed a handgun at Kim, who fought back and was shot in the head.

Reginald Venable Jr., 47, of the 800 block of E. 33rd St. in Baltimore also is charged with first-degree murder in Kim's death and is scheduled for trial Feb. 15.

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