Bail denied for man charged in fatal shooting at carryout

Maryland

October 06, 2005|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES | GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER

A district judge denied bail yesterday for a 48-year-old man who served more than 20 years in prison for a murder and is now charged in the fatal shooting Monday of the owner of a Cherry Hill carryout.

William R. Langley Jr. was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, assault and handgun violations in the killing of Nae Chun Pak, 46, owner of the Cherry Hill Carry-out in South Baltimore.

Langley is accused of killing Pak after a dispute over a steak sandwich. The man left the store, then returned a short time later and shot Pak once in the head, according to charging documents.

Judge Charlotte M. Cooksey denied a request by Langley's public defender for reasonable bail.

In 1977, Langley received a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man at a gymnasium in Cherry Hill. He received a concurrent 10-year sentence for wounding another man in the attack.

State officials clarified Langley's record yesterday. He was released from prison in 1999 and placed on mandatory supervision, not on probation, said Elizabeth Bartholomew, a Division of Parole and Probation spokeswoman.

While free, Langley was convicted of drug possession and returned to prison in early 2001. In November 2004, he was released again under mandatory supervision, Bartholomew said. Such supervision is required by law after an offender has served a prison sentence, Bartholomew said.

For his 1977 convictions, Langley was to have been under mandatory supervision until Oct. 23, 2006, she said. Since November, he had complied with the division's most intensive level of supervision, Bartholomew said.

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