Murder trial starts after delay

July 18, 2006|By JULIE BYKOWICZ | JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER

After more than four years, a dozen postponements and problems including a missing witness and a missing court folder, the trial of Tyrone Beane began yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Beane, 21, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Taharka McCoy, 25, on Jan. 17, 2002, in the 1200 block of Peachleaf Court.

That month, Beane, then 17, was labeled the city's "most wanted fugitive" because he was suspected in two killings. He also was accused of beating and shooting a man nearly to death and trying to kill a teenage girl who had witnessed that attack.

Charges were dropped in one of the homicides because of witness problems. Beane was convicted and sentenced to 75 years in prison for trying to kill the teenage witness.

Testimony will continue today.

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