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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | December 15, 1991
An Annapolis man has been sentenced to a year in jail for being an accessory to the murder of a man stabbed in his Crownsville home during a $50 robbery.Henry Louis Stettler IV, 28, becomes the third person to be sentenced in connection with the July 1990 murder of 57-year-old Robert Austin Bell, who was stabbed more than 40 times. He received a reduced sentence for testifying against Ronald L. Scoates andMichael D. Swartz, both of whom were sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole after being convicted of first-degree murder.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | January 1, 1993
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Michael D. Swartz for his role in the 1990 stabbing death and robbery of a Crownsville man.Swartz, 26, was sentenced Nov. 20, 1991, to life in prison without parole for the murder of Robert Austin Bell Sr. His brother, Larry Swartz, is serving a 12-year sentence for bludgeoning their parents to death in 1984 at the family home in Cape St. Claire.Michael Swartz and Ronald L. Scoates, of Annapolis, were convicted of stabbing Mr. Bell 48 times during a $50 robbery in July 1990.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff | June 26, 1991
Henry Louis Stettler 4th finally got his chance to testify today.An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday that he was unfit to testify at the murder trial of an acquaintance because he had been drinking at lunch.Stettler, 28, today testified in the first-degree murder trial of Michael Swartz, 25. Swartz and Ronald Lamar Scoates, 31, both of Annapolis, are charged with the fatal stabbing of 52-year-old Robert Austin Bell last July 9.Stettler already has pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Bell.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | December 15, 1991
An Annapolis man has been sentenced to a year in jail for being an accessory to the murder of a man stabbed in his Crownsville home during a $50 robbery.Henry Louis Stettler IV, 28, becomes the third person to be sentenced in connection with the July 1990 murder of 57-year-old Robert Austin Bell, who was stabbed more than 40 times. He received a reduced sentence for testifying against Ronald L. Scoates andMichael D. Swartz, both of whom were sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole after being convicted of first-degree murder.
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By Jessamy Brown | June 27, 1991
Michael Swartz told one of his alleged accomplices in the murder of a Crownsville man, "We killed him. The guy's dead," a co-defendant testified yesterday.Mr. Swartz, 25, is on trial in the murder of 57-year-old Robert Austin Bell last July.Henry Louis Stettler IV told an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury that he drove Mr. Swartz and Ronald L. Scoates to Mr. Bell's home and waited in the car while the two went inside to get money. Mr. Swartz emerged about 20 minutes later and said they had killed Mr. Bell, he said.
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By Jessamy Brown and Jessamy Brown,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 29, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Michael Swartz, whose brother bludgeoned their parents to death in 1984, was convicted yesterday of stabbing to death a 57-year-old Crownsville man in the course of what police called a robbery.The Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury deliberated two hours and 50 minutes before finding him guilty of first-degree felony murder in the death of Robert Austin Bell Sr., who was stabbed 48 times in his home last July. The jury of seven women and five men acquitted Swartz, 25, of Annapolis, of the more serious charge of premeditated first-degree murder, as well as two lesser conspiracy charges.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | February 27, 1991
An Annapolis man pleaded guilty yesterday to being an accessory after the fact in the stabbing death of a 52-year-old man last July in Crownsville.Henry Louis Stettler IV, 27, of the first block of Madison Place also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with the death of Robert Austin Bell, who was found dead in his home.Michael David Swartz, whose parents' brutal murder at the hands of his brother was the subject of a best-selling book, and Ronald Lamar Scoates, who was on parole from a murder conviction in Florida, areawaiting trial for first-degree murder in connection with Bell's death.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | January 1, 1993
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Michael D. Swartz for his role in the 1990 stabbing death and robbery of a Crownsville man.Swartz, 26, was sentenced Nov. 20, 1991, to life in prison without parole for the murder of Robert Austin Bell Sr. His brother, Larry Swartz, is serving a 12-year sentence for bludgeoning their parents to death in 1984 at the family home in Cape St. Claire.Michael Swartz and Ronald L. Scoates, of Annapolis, were convicted of stabbing Mr. Bell 48 times during a $50 robbery in July 1990.
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By Jessamy Brown | June 20, 1991
Michael David Swartz's bloody palm print was found on the door frame above the body of a 52-year-old man who had been stabbed 48 times, his shoes were bloody a short time after the slaying and his bloodstained shirt was found at the house of an alleged accomplice, a state prosecutor said at Mr. Swartz's trial in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court yesterday.Mr. Swartz, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Robert Austin Bell at his Crownsville home July 9, 1990. Mr. Swartz is the brother of Larry Swartz, who was convicted of killing their parents in Cape St. Claire in 1984.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | May 23, 1991
A Circuit Court judge yesterday threw out a confession given to police by accused murderer Michael David Swartz.Swartz, whose parents' murder at the hands of his adoptive brother was the subject of a best-selling book, had told police he and another man stabbed 52-year-old Robert Austin Bell July 9 in the man's Crownsville home.But the judge agreed with a defense attorney's argument that the confession should be barred from the upcoming trial because Swartz had asked for a lawyer before making the statement.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | October 29, 1991
A 31-year-old Annapolis man faces a possible death sentence after being convicted yesterday of first-degree murder in connection with a July 1990 robbery that earned him about $50 in change.Prosecutors will ask a Queen Anne's County jury to condemn Ronald Lamar Scoates to the gas chamber when the sentencing phase of the man's trial beginstomorrow. The jury deliberated for two hours and 20 minutes yesterday before finding Scoates guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Robert Austin Bell.
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By Jessamy Brown and Jessamy Brown,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 29, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Michael Swartz, whose brother bludgeoned their parents to death in 1984, was convicted yesterday of stabbing to death a 57-year-old Crownsville man in the course of what police called a robbery.The Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury deliberated two hours and 50 minutes before finding him guilty of first-degree felony murder in the death of Robert Austin Bell Sr., who was stabbed 48 times in his home last July. The jury of seven women and five men acquitted Swartz, 25, of Annapolis, of the more serious charge of premeditated first-degree murder, as well as two lesser conspiracy charges.
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By Jessamy Brown | June 27, 1991
Michael Swartz told one of his alleged accomplices in the murder of a Crownsville man, "We killed him. The guy's dead," a co-defendant testified yesterday.Mr. Swartz, 25, is on trial in the murder of 57-year-old Robert Austin Bell last July.Henry Louis Stettler IV told an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury that he drove Mr. Swartz and Ronald L. Scoates to Mr. Bell's home and waited in the car while the two went inside to get money. Mr. Swartz emerged about 20 minutes later and said they had killed Mr. Bell, he said.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff | June 26, 1991
The testimony of a co-defendant in the murder of a Crownsville man was set for today after an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge ruled he was unfit to testify yesterday because he had been drinking.Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth postponed the testimony of Henry Louis Stettler 4th after Stettler appeared in court with TC flushed face and slightly slurred speech. But he ruled Stettler hadn't disqualified himself as a witness, even though he had discussed the case over lunch with another witness.
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By Jessamy Brown | June 20, 1991
Michael David Swartz's bloody palm print was found on the door frame above the body of a 52-year-old man who had been stabbed 48 times, his shoes were bloody a short time after the slaying and his bloodstained shirt was found at the house of an alleged accomplice, a state prosecutor said at Mr. Swartz's trial in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court yesterday.Mr. Swartz, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Robert Austin Bell at his Crownsville home July 9, 1990. Mr. Swartz is the brother of Larry Swartz, who was convicted of killing their parents in Cape St. Claire in 1984.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | May 23, 1991
A Circuit Court judge yesterday threw out a confession given to police by accused murderer Michael David Swartz.Swartz, whose parents' murder at the hands of his adoptive brother was the subject of a best-selling book, had told police he and another man stabbed 52-year-old Robert Austin Bell July 9 in the man's Crownsville home.But the judge agreed with a defense attorney's argument that the confession should be barred from the upcoming trial because Swartz had asked for a lawyer before making the statement.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | May 5, 1991
An attorney for Michael David Swartz has filed for a postponement inthe Annapolis man's murder trial, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday.Swartz, 25, whose parents' murder at the hands of his adoptive brother was the subject of a best-selling book, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 9, 1990, death of 52-year-old Robert Austin Bell. At a February court hearing, Deputy State's Attorney William D. Roessler said Bell was stabbed 45 times July 9 during a robbery atthe man's house in the 100 block of First Street, Crownsville.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | May 5, 1991
An attorney for Michael David Swartz has filed for a postponement inthe Annapolis man's murder trial, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday.Swartz, 25, whose parents' murder at the hands of his adoptive brother was the subject of a best-selling book, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 9, 1990, death of 52-year-old Robert Austin Bell. At a February court hearing, Deputy State's Attorney William D. Roessler said Bell was stabbed 45 times July 9 during a robbery atthe man's house in the 100 block of First Street, Crownsville.
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