City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

November 13, 2006

Baltimore County: Parkville

Man fatally shot in robbery of store

Baltimore County police are investigating a shooting death last night at a Parkville convenience store.

Police said two men, at least one of them armed with a gun, entered the Speedy Mart in the 7100 block of Darlington Drive about 8:50 p.m. and confronted the owner, who was shot once in the upper body as he stood at the cash register behind a counter.

The victim's name was not released, but police said he was about 50 years old and was a native of Pakistan. Two members of his family were in the store at the time of the shooting and were being interviewed late last night as friends and other relatives waited outside the establishment.

Police were unable to say last night why the owner was shot or whether any money was taken.

Richard Irwin

Howard County: Circuit Court

Date set in case of slain guard

The death-penalty trial of a state prison inmate charged with murdering a correctional officer in Hagerstown with the officer's gun has been set for June 4 in Ellicott City. The date was set last week in Howard County Circuit Court, according to court records.

Brandon T. Morris, 20, faces charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, carjacking and other offenses stemming from the slaying of Jeffery A. Wroten at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, and the abduction of a taxi cab driver. Wroten, 44, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was guarding Morris when he was shot Jan. 26.

Morris was serving an eight-year sentence at the nearby Roxbury Correctional Institution for assault, robbery and handgun convictions in Baltimore. He had been admitted to the hospital for observation after having a sewing needle removed from his right side. Prosecutors contend the wound was self-inflicted.

Associated Press

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