Getaway driver gets house arrest in 2008 killings

Kecia M. Liverpool, 33, mother of six, said she did not know her boyfriend, his friends had killed 2, injured 2 others

February 25, 2010|By Andrea F. Siegel | | Baltimore Sun reporter

The Baltimore woman who drove the getaway car from a double-homicide outside an Odenton bar was placed on house arrest Thursday in exchange for pleading guilty to a role in the crime for which her boyfriend is serving five life sentences.

Kecia M. Liverpool, 33, maintained her innocence in an Alford plea to one count of being an accessory after first-degree murder. The single mother of six boys did not know that her boyfriend, Russell "Yummy" Harden, 27, and two of his friends had just shot four men, two fatally, in a parked car early on Nov. 16, 2008, defense attorney Carroll McCabe told Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford II.

In an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges the existence of evidence sufficient for a conviction, but does not admit guilt.

Relatives of Terrance Covington and Demarcus Beans strode out of the courtroom as Liverpool apologized. Prosecutors acknowledged that the families were upset with the plea deal, which gives Liverpool a five-year suspended sentence, 18 months of house arrest, and five years of supervised probation. She was on probation for theft at the time of the slayings, and could be jailed if found in violation of probation.

Covington, 24, and Beans, 20, both of Annapolis, were killed and two of their friends wounded in an ambush outside the Traffic Bar and Lounge near Fort Meade. The men were unable to get into the bar for a birthday party because they were late and it was crowded.

Harden of Baltimore, who was on house arrest for violating terms of release on a federal gun conviction at the time of the shootings, has been sentenced to five consecutive life terms, two without parole, plus 20 years.

The other two admitted gunmen are expected to be sentenced in April.

James Samuel Watkins, 21, who is Liverpool's brother, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and testified against Harden. In exchange, he will be ordered to serve 45 years of a life sentence. Damon Daryl Dodd, 32, of Baltimore faces the possibility of life in prison plus 20 years when he is sentenced for two counts of first-degree murder.

Several motives for the shootings were given to police and at Harden's trial last year.

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