Trial begins in case of body stashed in freezer

Man accused of murder in Ellicott City killing

April 19, 2005|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

The murder trial of a Prince George's man accused of killing a Northeast Baltimore woman and putting her body into a freezer began yesterday in Howard County Circuit Court with prosecutors telling jurors about a sexual encounter involving three people that ended in death.

Anthony T. Williams, 33, of the 5100 block of Barto Ave. in Suitland is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Tamaria Hughes, whose body was found in a freezer in Ellicott City on March 6 last year.

Prosecutor Kim Oldham told the jury yesterday during opening statements that Hughes was beaten and strangled by Williams and the woman with whom he was staying in an Ellicott City apartment after a mutual friend arranged for her to engage in a sexual encounter with them.

Mother of four

Hughes, 36, whom witnesses described yesterday as bisexual, was a school crossing guard for Baltimore schools. She had four children and was engaged to be married.

"This trial is about sex and murder," Oldham said.

Oldham said Hughes went to the apartment of Williams' girlfriend, Kathy L. Gray, in the 3200 block of Corporate Court in the early morning of March 4.

Hughes was killed, her jewelry was taken and her body was shoved into a freezer in the Ellicott City apartment, Oldham told the jury.

Williams and the other woman then checked into a motel in Charles County, according to charging documents, and recruited a man to help dump Hughes' body.

Police were informed

The man informed Prince George's County police, who told Howard police, the documents say.

After agreeing to help detectives, the man drove a pickup truck to the Ellicott City apartment, where the freezer was loaded onto a truck, the charging documents say.

He, Williams and Gray were soon stopped by Howard police officers, who had been watching them, according to the documents.

Gray, 41, is also accused of first-degree murder and is to go on trial this spring.

George Psoras Jr., Williams' attorney, told the jury that Gray killed Hughes and that Williams is guilty only of trying to help dispose of the body.

Psoras said Williams had used cocaine most of his life and had been in and out of jail, but that he has never engaged in violent crime and is a street minister.

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