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By From Staff Reports | January 15, 1995
Worthington Elementary School has established a college trust fund for Paul and Ryan Harney, the Ellicott City children whose mother was found slain the day after Christmas."
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By ALAN J. CRAVER and ALAN J. CRAVER,SUN STAFF | October 11, 1995
Daniel Scott Harney, telling a Howard County judge that he "lost control" when he caught his estranged wife with another man, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for her murder.Even as the Harney case reached its resolution, yesterday's hearing produced surprising revelations in a story that has attracted nationwide attention. Among them:* Harney's first wife testified that he pointed a loaded gun at her at her Virginia home shortly after they separated in 1980. "He looked me dead in the eye and said, 'I am going to kill you,' " said Roberta Purcell.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer | January 6, 1995
A 45-year-old Woodlawn man wounded in a shooting that killed an Ellicott City woman says he lives in fear that the gunman may return to end his life.Howard County police say they believe Daniel Scott Harney, charged with killing Shirley Scott Harney at her home Dec. 26, was traveling in Florida with his two sons, ages 8 and 10, late last week."
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 6, 1995
Lucille Harney hopes her grandsons will maintain a close relationship with their father -- even if it has to be through prison walls.Just as they have for the past seven months, Mrs. Harney said, the boys will continue telephone calls and jailhouse visits with their father, Daniel Scott Harney, the man convicted Thursday of the first-degree murder of the boys' mother."
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | April 4, 1995
Daniel Scott Harney, accused of killing his estranged wife and fleeing Maryland with their two young sons the day after Christmas, will not face the death penalty, Howard County State's Attorney Marna McLendon announced yesterday.Ms. McLendon said the prosecution does not meet the state's legal requirements to seek the death penalty for Mr. Harney, accused of killing 40-year-old Shirley Scott Harney Dec. 26 at her Ellicott City home.In first-degree murder cases, the law requires prosecutors to find at least one of 10 "aggravating circumstances."
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | July 7, 1995
When Daniel Scott Harney goes to trial this month in the slaying of his estranged wife, his attorney wants prosecutors to be barred from mentioning the name "America's Most Wanted" -- the television show that helped capture his client.Columbia attorney Clarke Ahlers said yesterday at a Howard Circuit Court hearing that he will ask the judge to prohibit prosecutors from referring to the crime show by name for fear that it would bias jurors against Mr. Harney.Mr. Ahlers said he hopes to avoid implications of "evilness" from the show's segment about the slaying, which details matters involving suspects.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer | December 30, 1994
A fugitive task force yesterday joined the search for an Owings Mills man who Howard County police believe has left the state to avoid prosecution in the slaying of his estranged wife.A federal judge in Baltimore issued a fugitive warrant yesterday for Daniel Scott Harney, 40.The Westinghouse Corp. employee disappeared after picking up his sons, ages 8 and 10, from their Ellicott City home Monday afternoon.The boys' mother, Shirley Scott Harney, 41, was found shot in the head at the end of her driveway Monday night.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 6, 1995
Lucille Harney hopes her grandsons will maintain a close relationship with their father -- even if it has to be through prison walls.Just as they have for the past seven months, Mrs. Harney said, the boys will continue telephone calls and jailhouse visits with their father, Daniel Scott Harney, the man convicted Thursday of the first-degree murder of the boys' mother."
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | July 28, 1995
Prosecutors may not use DNA evidence in the Daniel Scott Harney murder trial next week, a judge ruled yesterday, saying the state was too slow in providing test results and thus giving the defense a pretrial victory.The DNA evidence may have linked blood stains found on Mr. Harney's car and a handgun found in the car to his slain wife, 41-year-old Shirley Scott Harney. The trial begins Monday."It's unreasonable for the state to put the defense and the court in a position to litigate a significant, complex issue three days before a trial," Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. said.
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By Tom Keyser and Ed Heard and Tom Keyser and Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writers Sun staff writer Alan J. Craver contributed to this article | January 11, 1995
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Daniel Scott Harney wanted to attend his wife's funeral. Instead he was returned to Maryland yesterday to be tried in her slaying.At a hearing in a Charlotte courtroom yesterday, the Owings Mills man accused of killing his estranged wife Dec. 26 in Howard County asked a judge whether he could go to her funeral, scheduled for noon today at Harry H. Witzke Funeral Home in Ellicott City.Shirley Scott Harney, 41, was shot to death and run over by a car outside her Ellicott City home.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 4, 1995
Daniel Scott Harney, who prosecutors say "systematically plotted" the slaying of his estranged wife, was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder and four other charges in Howard County.With its verdict, the jury rejected defense claims that the 41-year-old Owings Mills man was in an uncontrollable rage when he caught Shirley Scott Harney, 41, with another man at her Ellicott City home.In addition to first-degree murder, Harney was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder for shooting Mrs. Harney's boyfriend, William Arthur Helmbold of Woodlawn, during a Dec. 26 attack.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 4, 1995
Daniel Scott Harney, who prosecutors say "systematically plotted" the slaying of his estranged wife, was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder and four other charges in Howard County.With its verdict, the jury rejected defense claims that the 41-year-old Owings Mills man was in an uncontrollable rage when he caught Shirley Scott Harney with another man at her Ellicott City home.In addition to first-degree murder, Harney was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder for shooting Mrs. Harney's boyfriend, William Arthur Helmbold of Woodlawn, in the Dec. 26 attack.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 3, 1995
Appearing uneasy, 11-year-old Paul Harney testified yesterday as the only defense witness for his father -- the man on trial in the killing the boy's mother.The youth spoke softly and used short sentences as he described for a Howard County Circuit Court jury how he saw his mother with William Arthur Helmbold on Christmas night and told his father, Daniel Scott Harney, what he saw the next day."He asked why I was so nervous," said Paul, who now lives with his grandparents in McLean, Va. "I said I saw my mother and Bill having sex."
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 2, 1995
In a day dominated by mostly technical testimony, prosecutors in the Daniel Scott Harney murder trial Tuesday laid out for jurors the gruesome details of his estranged wife's death.Prosecutors entered about 70 items as evidence, including Mr. Harney's receipt for the gun he bought Dec. 14, the Harneys' separation agreements and a suburban Charlotte apartment complex brochure found in Mr. Harney's car. Jurors heard testimony involving fingerprints, Mrs. Harney's autopsy, and ballistics tests performed on the gun believed to have been used in the slaying.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 1, 1995
Shirley Scott Harney and her boyfriend thought something was wrong when they heard breaking glass as they lay in the bedroom of her Ellicott City home the night after Christmas.Minutes later, Daniel Scott Harney entered the bedroom, confronting his estranged wife and the man, William Arthur Helmbold. "Within two or three seconds, he pulled a gun out of his pocket and started shooting at us," Mr. Helmbold testified yesterday in Howard County Circuit Court.Mr. Harney, a 41-year-old financial administrator from Owings Mills, is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 26 slaying of his estranged wife and the attempted murder of Mr. Helmbold, who was shot in the right arm.He could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if convicted.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 1, 1995
Shirley Scott Harney and her new boyfriend thought something was wrong when they heard breaking glass as they lay in the bedroom of her Ellicott City home the night after Christmas.Minutes later, Daniel Scott Harney entered the bedroom, confronting his estranged wife and the man, William Arthur Helmbold. "Within two or three seconds, he pulled a gun out of his pocket and started shooting at us," Mr. Helmbold testified yesterday in Howard County Circuit Court.Mr. Harney, a 41-year-old financial administrator from Owings Mills, is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 26 slaying of his estranged wife and the attempted murder of Mr. Helmbold, who was shot in the right arm.He could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if convicted.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 4, 1995
Daniel Scott Harney, who prosecutors say "systematically plotted" the slaying of his estranged wife, was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder and four other charges in Howard County.With its verdict, the jury rejected defense claims that the 41-year-old Owings Mills man was in an uncontrollable rage when he caught Shirley Scott Harney, 41, with another man at her Ellicott City home.In addition to first-degree murder, Harney was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder for shooting Mrs. Harney's boyfriend, William Arthur Helmbold of Woodlawn, during a Dec. 26 attack.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | January 20, 1995
The man accused of killing his estranged wife and fleeing Maryland with their two young sons last month was indicted on a first-degree murder charge yesterday by a Howard County grand jury.Prosecutors have not decided whether they will seek the death penalty for Daniel Scott Harney, 40, who is accused of killing Shirley Scott Harney, 41, at her Ellicott City home on the day after Christmas."We have not had any of those discussions," Deputy State's Attorney Les Gross said. "Obviously, that's a decision we still have to make."
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | July 28, 1995
Prosecutors may not use DNA evidence in the Daniel Scott Harney murder trial next week, a judge ruled yesterday, saying the state was too slow in providing test results and thus giving the defense a pretrial victory.The DNA evidence may have linked blood stains found on Mr. Harney's car and a handgun found in the car to his slain wife, 41-year-old Shirley Scott Harney. The trial begins Monday."It's unreasonable for the state to put the defense and the court in a position to litigate a significant, complex issue three days before a trial," Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. said.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1995
At the last hearing for murder suspect Daniel Scott Harney before his trial starts Monday, prosecutors and defense attorneys wrangled yesterday over DNA evidence that may link blood found on his car and gun to his slain wife.If a judge allows them to be used, the DNA test results likely would bolster the prosecution's case against Mr. Harney, charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 26 slaying of his 41-year-old estranged wife, Shirley Scott Harney, in her Ellicott City home.Mr. Harney -- also charged with attempted murder of his wife's boyfriend William A. Helmbold, 45, of Woodlawn -- could be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted of either charge.
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