Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

April 01, 2009

Extradition delayed in hit-and-run death

The Maryland man charged in a fatal hit-and-run in Carroll County refused to sign documents for his extradition from New York, Westminster police said Tuesday. During an extradition hearing in Nassau County on Monday, Shawron Gabriel Bibbs declined to sign documents allowing his return to Maryland to face three felony counts in the Feb. 6 crash in Westminster that killed a McDaniel College student. Another hearing has been scheduled for April 7 in New York, police said. Bibbs, of Reisterstown, has been returned to the Nassau County Correctional Center, where he is being held without bond on a fugitive from justice charge, police said. A warrant is on file in Carroll County charging Bibbs with felony negligent manslaughter by auto, felony theft and felony unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. The collision near the McDaniel campus in Westminster killed sophomore Thomas Rouleau of Gilboa, N.Y., and injured four other students.

Joe Burris

Defendant shuns revenge depiction

On trial charged with murder in Howard County, Ronald McConnell tried Tuesday to dispel prosecutors' portrayal of him as bent on revenge against a man who gave information to police in a gun case in 2007. McConnell, 21, of Columbia is accused of arranging a robbery that led to the shooting death of Jason Batts in May. Prosecutors say the incident was intended as gang-related revenge against Isiah Jackson, who was in the car with Batts when Lamont Johnson approached and fired two shots with a sawed-off shotgun that prosecutors say McConnell provided. McConnell sought retribution, prosecutors allege, after Jackson told police that a gun found during a May 2007 traffic stop belonged to McConnell. McConnell's attorney, Spencer Gordon, countered that McConnell and Jackson were longtime friends. Closing arguments in the weeklong trial are scheduled for Wednesday morning, and the jury is expected to begin deliberations later in the day.

Don Markus

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