Driver in double-homicide case gets house arrest

Girlfriend of one of shooters submits Alford plea

February 26, 2010|By Andrea F. Siegel

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 Nov. 16, 2008, defense attorney Carroll McCabe told Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge William C. Mulford II.

In an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges that prosecutors have 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 killings 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.

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.

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