Glen Burnie man faces charges in 2005 killing

September 20, 2006|By andrea siegel | andrea siegel,sun reporter

A Glen Burnie man was arrested yesterday on charges that he fatally shot an acquaintance, nearly a year after Anne Arundel County police first questioned him in the killing.

Todd Alan Poorman, 27, was indicted Friday by an Anne Arundel County grand jury in the Nov. 4, 2005, death of Michael Leo Rousseaux, 28, of Severna Park, Anne Arundel County prosecutors said.

He is expected to have a bail hearing today if he does not post $50,000 before that. Rousseaux's mother, Sheila Rousseaux, said she was concerned for the safety of her family, as well as for Poorman, if he is freed.

"This is the first step in the justice department," said Phil Rousseaux Jr., the victim's brother. He said any suggestion that Poorman fatally shot his brother in self-defense was "ridiculous."

At the time of Rousseaux's death, police said that Rousseaux went to Poorman's home and the two argued; the two men were there alone. Rousseaux was shot several times in the torso.

Immediately after the shooting, police questioned Poorman and released him.

Prosecutors said in a prepared statement yesterday that an "extensive investigation" continued. The state's attorney's office declined to give a possible motive.

"We are prepared to defend the charges in court if necessary," said Poorman's lawyer, Jonathan H. Shoup.

Phil Rousseaux said his brother and Poorman attended Severna Park High School but were not in the same grade. He said that Poorman bought a Lincoln Navigator last year from the used car business in Glen Burnie that his brother and a friend operated, and still owed money on it. Whether that had a connection to Rousseaux's death was unknown.

Since Rousseaux's death, Poorman has been charged with drug possession, traffic violations and other offenses in Annapolis and Baltimore, court records show.

Poorman was charged yesterday with second-degree murder, manslaughter and two handgun violations.

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