Crime Watch


April 26, 2006

Man's trial in death of student postponed

The trial of the Baltimore man accused of suffocating a Johns Hopkins University senior in January 2005 has been postponed until September.

Donta Maurice Allen, 28, was scheduled to stand trial yesterday in the killing of Linda Trinh, 21, who was found dead in the bathtub of her Charles Street high-rise apartment near the university. Warren A. Brown, Allen's attorney, has said his client is not guilty.

Police have said DNA found on Trinh belonged to Allen, who has been described as the former boyfriend of one of Trinh's sorority sisters. Allen worked at several local restaurants and hung out at bars frequented by Hopkins students, where, according to authorities and Allen's friends, he charmed his way into Trinh's social circle.

Police and prosecutors have given no motive for the killing.

The city state's attorney's office requested the postponement yesterday because the prosecutor, Twila C. Driggins, is on another murder trial.

Allen's new trial date is Sept. 6 before Circuit Judge Roger W. Brown.

Julie Bykowicz

Man sentenced for gun offense A 41-year-old Baltimore County man was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 20 years in prison for possessing a gun while committing a robbery.

According to a statement of facts presented in U.S. District Court in February, Maurice Megginson, 41, of Lansdowne admitted that he held up a McDonald's restaurant on Falls Road in Baltimore on April 8, 2005. A police officer showed up during the robbery, chased Megginson and arrested him.

Police said that during the arrest, a loaded Hi-Point, 9 mm handgun fell from his hooded sweat shirt pocket.

Matthew Dolan

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