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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2011
A man accused of slaying a Towson gas station owner last year was "under an incredible amount of pressure from a woman who would go to the ends of the earth to have her husband killed," his attorney told jurors during opening Friday in a trial that could be the first test of Maryland's new death penalty law. Walter Bishop Jr., 29, is charged with killing William Porter after being hired by Porter's wife, Karla. Karla Porter is scheduled to face trial next year. Under a law passed two years ago, death penalty cases in Maryland must include DNA or video evidence.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
A man convicted in a 2010 fatal shooting at a Hess gas station in exchange for $9,000 argued unsuccessfully that he should get a new trial because the judge in his case had once been the target in a similar scheme. The Court of Special Appeals upheld Walter P. Bishop Jr.'s conviction in an opinion announced Tuesday. Bishop, now 32, was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years for shooting William "Ray" Porter at a Joppa Road gas station in Towson on March 1, 2010.
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By From Sun news services | January 20, 2009
Fringe returns to Fox TV tonight with a big, shiny lead-in from American Idol, which will presumably deliver more than a few new viewers to the show, which has been hovering around the 9 million viewer mark with most of its new episodes. People who are already fans, though, won't have to sit through a reintroduction of the series. The series boasts one of Hollywood's most creative producers in J.J. Abrams and a strong leading lady in Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham, an FBI agent tracking paranormal cases.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
A White Marsh woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for hiring a hit man to kill her husband — a man she has insisted subjected her to years of abuse. A judge handed down the sentence Monday after jurors rejected Karla Porter's claim of self-defense and convicted her in August of first-degree murder. Prosecutors have disputed the allegations of abuse by William "Ray" Porter, arguing that she concocted them to justify a cold-blooded murder. "The evidence at the trial was very clear.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2011
A man accused of shooting a Towson gas station owner last year was pressured by "a woman who would go to the ends of the earth to have her husband killed," his attorney told jurors in opening statements Friday. The murder-for-hire trial could be the first test of Maryland's new death penalty law. Walter Bishop Jr., 29, is accused of fatally shooting William R. Porter in the face and head at a Hess gas station on Joppa Road in March 2010 at the behest of the victim's wife. Prosecutors say that Karla Porter paid Bishop between $300 and $400 and promised him $9,000 more.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2010
A 28-year-old Rosedale man who prosecutors said introduced a prospective hitman to a woman looking to have her husband killed was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and two other counts in the murder-for-hire scheme. A jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Seamus A. Coyle guilty of participating in the March 1 murder of a Towson gas station owner, William Raymond Porter. Coyle was the first of six defendants to be tried, and faces a life sentence. "He was an important go-between," Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger said outside the courthouse after the verdict.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
A White Marsh woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for hiring a hit man to kill her husband — a man she has insisted subjected her to years of abuse. A judge handed down the sentence Monday after jurors rejected Karla Porter's claim of self-defense and convicted her in August of first-degree murder. Prosecutors have disputed the allegations of abuse by William "Ray" Porter, arguing that she concocted them to justify a cold-blooded murder. "The evidence at the trial was very clear.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | September 9, 2008
Hollywood producer J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias) says, "We live in a time of insane terrorism." And Fringe, a new Fox series about an off-beat team of federal investigators, is his steeped-in-global-conspiracies response to that climate of angst. As has been the case with so many network dramas since Sept. 11, that 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon can be felt in virtually every frame of this new series. Think of Fringe as a post-9/11 version of The X-Files, with lots of pseudo-science from NBC's Heroes, and you will have a pretty good fix on the pilot for this wildly uneven but most-promising series from one of TV's most in-touch-with-the-culture creators.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
Karla Porter matter-of-factly confessed on Thursday to hiring a hit man to kill her husband, testifying that she had him shot because she feared he would kill her first. "If Ray was alive, I would be dead," Karla Porter said as she gave three hours of testimony in her murder trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court. The 51-year-old White Marsh woman could face life in prison in the death of William "Ray" Porter, who was gunned down March 1, 2010, at the Towson gas station he owned.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
A man convicted in a 2010 fatal shooting at a Hess gas station in exchange for $9,000 argued unsuccessfully that he should get a new trial because the judge in his case had once been the target in a similar scheme. The Court of Special Appeals upheld Walter P. Bishop Jr.'s conviction in an opinion announced Tuesday. Bishop, now 32, was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years for shooting William "Ray" Porter at a Joppa Road gas station in Towson on March 1, 2010.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
Karla Porter matter-of-factly confessed on Thursday to hiring a hit man to kill her husband, testifying that she had him shot because she feared he would kill her first. "If Ray was alive, I would be dead," Karla Porter said as she gave three hours of testimony in her murder trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court. The 51-year-old White Marsh woman could face life in prison in the death of William "Ray" Porter, who was gunned down March 1, 2010, at the Towson gas station he owned.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2011
Prosecutors in the murder-for-hire case involving the killing of a Towson gas station owner cleared the hurdle set by Maryland's revised and more restrictive capital punishment law, but ultimately could not convince a jury to sentence to death the man convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting. A Harford County Circuit Court jury decided Wednesday that Walter P. Bishop Jr. — who last week was found guilty of shooting William "Ray" Porter in a Hess station on March 1, 2010 — should serve life in prison with the possibility of parole.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2011
The man convicted of killing a Towson gas station owner for money apologized Tuesday in Harford County Circuit Court to the victim's family and friends, saying "I'm sorry to the last fiber of my being. " The apology came shortly before a jury was to begin deliberating whether Walter P. Bishop Jr. will be sentenced to death or life in prison. Bishop, 29, of Baltimore County, stood at the defense table in a black suit and a lavender shirt open at the collar, his hands clasped before him, his face turning red as he told those close to William "Ray" Porter that he did not expect they would forgive him. But, he said, "I'm sorry you lost your son, your loved one because of what I did with my own hands.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2011
A Baltimore County man was found guilty Wednesday of shooting a Towson gas station owner to death in the first case to test Maryland's revised capital punishment law. Walter P. Bishop Jr., 29, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder in the killing-for-hire of William "Ray" Porter and faces the penalty portion of the trial Thursday n Harford County Circuit Court. Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty. Wearing a dark suit and a lavender shirt open at the collar, Bishop showed no reaction when the foreman of the five-man, seven-woman jury announced the guilty verdicts.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2011
A man accused of shooting a Towson gas station owner last year was pressured by "a woman who would go to the ends of the earth to have her husband killed," his attorney told jurors in opening statements Friday. The murder-for-hire trial could be the first test of Maryland's new death penalty law. Walter Bishop Jr., 29, is accused of fatally shooting William R. Porter in the face and head at a Hess gas station on Joppa Road in March 2010 at the behest of the victim's wife. Prosecutors say that Karla Porter paid Bishop between $300 and $400 and promised him $9,000 more.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2011
A man accused of slaying a Towson gas station owner last year was "under an incredible amount of pressure from a woman who would go to the ends of the earth to have her husband killed," his attorney told jurors during opening Friday in a trial that could be the first test of Maryland's new death penalty law. Walter Bishop Jr., 29, is charged with killing William Porter after being hired by Porter's wife, Karla. Karla Porter is scheduled to face trial next year. Under a law passed two years ago, death penalty cases in Maryland must include DNA or video evidence.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2011
The man convicted of killing a Towson gas station owner for money apologized Tuesday in Harford County Circuit Court to the victim's family and friends, saying "I'm sorry to the last fiber of my being. " The apology came shortly before a jury was to begin deliberating whether Walter P. Bishop Jr. will be sentenced to death or life in prison. Bishop, 29, of Baltimore County, stood at the defense table in a black suit and a lavender shirt open at the collar, his hands clasped before him, his face turning red as he told those close to William "Ray" Porter that he did not expect they would forgive him. But, he said, "I'm sorry you lost your son, your loved one because of what I did with my own hands.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2011
A Baltimore County man was found guilty Wednesday of shooting a Towson gas station owner to death in the first case to test Maryland's revised capital punishment law. Walter P. Bishop Jr., 29, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder in the killing-for-hire of William "Ray" Porter and faces the penalty portion of the trial Thursday n Harford County Circuit Court. Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty. Wearing a dark suit and a lavender shirt open at the collar, Bishop showed no reaction when the foreman of the five-man, seven-woman jury announced the guilty verdicts.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2010
A 28-year-old Rosedale man who prosecutors said introduced a prospective hitman to a woman looking to have her husband killed was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and two other counts in the murder-for-hire scheme. A jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Seamus A. Coyle guilty of participating in the March 1 murder of a Towson gas station owner, William Raymond Porter. Coyle was the first of six defendants to be tried, and faces a life sentence. "He was an important go-between," Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger said outside the courthouse after the verdict.
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By From Sun news services | January 20, 2009
Fringe returns to Fox TV tonight with a big, shiny lead-in from American Idol, which will presumably deliver more than a few new viewers to the show, which has been hovering around the 9 million viewer mark with most of its new episodes. People who are already fans, though, won't have to sit through a reintroduction of the series. The series boasts one of Hollywood's most creative producers in J.J. Abrams and a strong leading lady in Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham, an FBI agent tracking paranormal cases.
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