Jury selection starts in retrial of 2 accused in deaths of three

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

June 23, 2006

Jury selection began yesterday in the second Baltimore trial of two illegal Mexican immigrants accused in the slashing deaths of three young relatives.

Policarpio Espinoza, 24, and his cousin, Adan Canela, 19, are charged with first-degree murder. The first trial ended in August in a hung jury.

Lucero Espinoza, 8, her brother, Ricardo Espinoza, 9, and their male cousin, Alexis Espejo Quezada, 10, were killed May 27, 2004, in the bedrooms of their family's Northwest Baltimore apartment.

The children's parents have said they do not believe Espinoza and Canela are guilty.

Yesterday morning, Baltimore Circuit Judge David B. Mitchell heard and denied three defense motions -- to try the defendants separately, to throw out a statement given to police by Espinoza and to exclude DNA evidence that was collected in what defense attorneys said was an unusual way.

Jury selection will continue today. The trial is expected to last at least a month because of the volume of witnesses and evidence.

Julie Bykowicz

Harford County: Joppa

Police identify two killed in collision

Two Harford County men who died Wednesday in the collision of a car and motorcycle in Joppa were identified yesterday by state police. Dean Waterman, 35, of Pine Street in Havre de Grace was driving a Dodge Neon on Mountain Road and turning onto a ramp to Interstate 95 about 7 p.m. when the car was struck by the motorcycle operated by Myron Buchanan, 25, of the 500 block of Dembytown Road in Joppa. Police said the motorcyclist failed to stop for a red traffic signal and that both men died at the scene.

Baltimore: Downtown

Authorities identify man who died in fall

Authorities yesterday identified the window washer who fell eight stories to his death in downtown Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon. Arnold Redmond, 55, of Gwynn Oak, was washing windows of a building at Lombard and Gay streets when he fell to the pavement about noon. Officer Nicole Monroe, a city police spokeswoman, said the death was ruled a work-related accident -- a result of a broken strap.

Swimming pools

City public pools to open tomorrow

Public pools in Baltimore open tomorrow with the annual Big Splash event, which this year will take place at the renovated Patterson Park Pool, starting at 11 a.m. Festivities will include entertainment by the Baltimore Islanders and a costumed Nemo. Swimming lessons will be offered. The city has five large park pools, 13 smaller outdoor pools and 21 wading pools. Admission to park pools is $1.50 per person, or $25 for the season, and $1 per person for the smaller pools, or $10 for the season.

Health

Youth fair to focus on HIV and AIDS

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is holding a street youth fair today targeting those ages 12 to 24 and focusing on HIV and AIDS education. The event, "Mind, Body and Soul: 2006," will take a holistic approach to teaching people about their health. The age group accounted for 13 percent of new HIV cases in Maryland in 2004, according to the university. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Adolescent and Young Adult Center, 120 Penn St.

Leon Day Park

Parade, annual festival tomorrow

The Leon Day Foundation will present its sixth annual festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Leon Day Park, 1200 N. Franklintown Road, named for the late Hall of Fame Negro leagues baseball player from Baltimore. A parade will precede the fair, starting at 9 a.m. at Poplar Grove Street and Lafayette Avenue. Organizers will pay tribute to Negro leagues players, including two -- Bert Simmons of the Baltimore Elite Giants and Al Burrows of the New York Black Yankees -- who are expected to attend. Softball, music, performers and games are planned. Admission is free. The park is at 723 N. Rosedale St.

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