Charges dropped in Remington killings

Witness indicted in attempted robbery

April 21, 2007|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,sun reporter

Prosecutors dropped murder charges yesterday against a man linked to a triple homicide at a Remington group home in part because they said a key witness in the case has been charged with attempting to rob a bank and was shot by police.

Assistant State's Attorney Donald J. Giblin said the case against Corey McMillon was also hampered by the fact that two people who survived the 2005 shootings at the group home were not able to identify the suspect.

McMillon is serving a life prison term for an unrelated murder conviction. "All of these factors go into our decision," Giblin said.

Police said the witness, Troy Gross, walked into a Wachovia Bank in the 1700 block of E. Northern Parkway about 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20. They said he "began shooting at the customers with a semiautomatic handgun," according to a statement of charges filed in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Emrey Neale, a retired police officer, and Sgt. Brian Eiseman, a supervisor with the city police housing operations unit who was wearing his uniform, were in the bank at the time. Eiseman returned fire, striking the robber, police said.

"One's credibility is affected by one's actions," Giblin said. "If one has the moral code that allows one to rob a bank, he is less credible as a witness." Earlier this week, Judge Roger W. Brown sentenced Derrick Taylor, a second gunman in the group home killings, to life plus 100 years in prison. During his sentencing, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Roger W. Brown said that the facts of the case "shook him to the very core."

According to court testimony, two gunmen went to a halfway house in North Baltimore in January 2005 to collect a $300 drug debt from Antwon Arthur. He did not have the money, but another resident, Nathaniel Gulliver, offered to go to an ATM with a gunman and withdraw money to pay his friend's debt.

Gulliver took out all the money he could -- $140. He returned to the group home and the gunmen gathered five residents in a room and shot at all of them. Arthur, Gulliver and Steven Matthews were killed.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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