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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 9, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Misconduct by former sheriff confirmed Bl Local places where kids can party hardy SEE FAMILY LIVING Cl Big challenge for Arundel Dl 3A hoops semifinals TOMORROW SUNNY DETAILS PAGE A13 MARCH MD HOME 250 35C Williams guilty of murders Jury rules Arnold man killed lawyers in their weekend home By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer A veteran of the Persian Gulf War was convicted this morning of murder- ing two prominent Washington law- yers last spring in their weekend home near Annapolis. After deliberating for six hours over two the jury found Scotland Eugene Williams of Arnold guilty of first-degree murder in the slayings of Julie N. Gilbert and her Jose E. Trias. The four-woman jury also found guilty of 12 lesser charges tied to the including armed burglary and felony theft. As the jury foreman read the verdict Williams showed no looking straight ahead and saying nothing. Williams' attorneys immediately asked that Circuit Court Judge Eugene M. Lerner decide whether Williams will receive the death penalty. The defense may choose whether the judge or jury decides The Capital punishment. Jjadge Lerner said the death penalty phase of the trial would begin Monday morning and would take several days. After the prosecutors said they believed there was a wealth of evidence that led to Williams' convic- tion. don't think any one piece of AP photo evidence was the deciding factor. Cer- Scotland E. was found guilty this momJng of the robbery and last May of Julia N. Gilbert and Jota E. seeing him on a videotape Trias In their weekend home near Annapolis. didn't said county State's Attor- don't think any one piece of evidence was the deciding factor. seeing him on a videotape didn't Frank R. state's attorney ney Frank R. who prose- cuted the case. Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M Ferris also was certain of Williams' guilt felt in my soul that he was and I felt very strong personal convic- Ms. Ferris said. Williams' who declined wouldn't say whether they plan to appeal the verdict. The members of the jury also de- clined to speak to the media as they left the county courthouse in downtown Annapolis. The jury reached its verdict about 10 a.m. after beginning to review the case at 3 p.m. yesterday. They finished for the day without a verdict at 8 p.m Their deliberations followed more than three hours of emotional closing' arguments by prosecutors and defense attorneys. Williams was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and 13 related charges in the May 14-15 slay- ings of Mrs. Gilbert and Mr. Trias of GILBERT TRIAS who were found shot in the head in their Winchester Road home. Williams was arrested May 19 after police matched him to videotapes taken at two automated teller machines in Glen Burnie. Prosecutors said he used the couple's bank cards to withdraw in the days following the brutal killings. In her closing defense attorney Linda S. Ostovitz conceded that Williams somehow obtained the two ATM cards and Mrs. Gilbert's burgundy Acura but said it would take a leap of faith to convict him of murder. state has proved the living daylights out of the and what they want to do is take a huge leap to she told the jury. Prosecutors contend that who was linked to a series of 1993 Round Bay shot the couple after breaking into the house. Although investigators never recovered the handgun used to fire the prosecutors introduced evi- dence from the couple's home that linked Williams to the murders. That evidence which includes Page Raid nets alleged city crack dealers By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer Two people allegedly linked to a loose-knit group selling as much as 1 kilogram of crack cocaine a week in the Bywater community of Annapolis were arrested this morning. Two six-member state police tactical several narcotics detectives and city police raided two homes on Royal Street and Whiton Court around a.m. today. The raids capped a month-long in- vestigation into the which each week sold crack worth as much as to on the police said. Officers arrested Antoine address on a cocaine pos- session and a 17-year-old juve- nile whom they plan to charge as an adult. Police allegedly seized a quarter- ounce of some documents and a semiautomatic handgun during the said Sgt. Richard Poist of the state police Bureau of Drug Enforce- ment. think that one residence was used as a stash house and the other was the home of one of the persons ar- he said. State police wouldn't release.the exact addresses of the raided resi- dences. More arrests are expected after state police obtain grand jury Sgt. Poist said. The raids didn't net as much drugs as and didn't catch the group he said. know who leader and we hope to charge through the grand he said. The crack cocaine was being sold by Page Metabolism slows as people lose USAir cutting 15 flights at B WI By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer USAir plans to drop 15 daily flights at Baltimore-Washington Internation- al Airport as part of a national cost- cutting effort. The to be phased in starting next are expected to affect service only slightly The airline now has more than 100 jet and commuter flights a day from its hub at the Linthicum airport. In announcing the cuts the airline didn't specify which flights or cities would receive less service. USAir told BWI officials the airport would lose 15 but didn't say where the reduction would be. BWI spokesman Adrienne Walker- Pittman said the airline most likely would trim the number of flights to a city rather than completely end ser- vice there. more about efficiency and streamlining than it is about a cut in she said. lot of the reductions will be in .markets where we already have sub- stantial USAir spokesman Paul Turk said. we're not aban- doning markets. We're simply saying we're going to fly a little less often to match the offerings with the USAir is BWI's main han- dling nearly 40 percent of the airport's 12.8 million passengers last year The airline said the bulk of the cuts will come from flights outside its four hubs at Philadelphia and Pittsburgh The cuts instead will come from outlying flights that carry fewer passengers and generate less profit. The airline will substitute regiona'l aircraft in markets where passenger loads have been too low id justify jet USAir Chairman Seth Schofield said in a written state- ment The reductions and a plan to add 7p new flights will reduce USAir's overall capacity by about 5 the cofij- pany said yesterday The new fligljft will include flights to Frankfurt froni Page INSIDE Three years after the Rod- ney King riots left parts of the city in Los Angeles is still fertile ground for accusations that a white detective hated blacks so much he framed O.J. Simpson. A2 SOUTH The South County which drew an estimated people to a Tracys Landing marina last will not be held this year. it's scheduled for two days in May 1996. S3 ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON The hardest part of a diet is keeping off the weight. Now researchers believe they know The body itefltorns up less energy after a weight loss. it turns out that a newly slender person uses considerably fewer calories than does someone exactly the same size who has always been slim. Even exercise does less good following a diet.' The result of this is almost inevit- able. After a people eat reasonable get modest exercise and still grow fat. Even though they think they are watching their diets and prob- ably are they still eat more than they need. This doesn't mean keeping weight off is only that it's very diffi- cult It requires eating no more calories than are and that means a lifelong commitment to modest eating and regular exercise. Though that may seem like grim news for overweight Dr. Ru- dolph Liebel sees a bright suggests that the maintenance of body weight is a biological phenomen- not solely a voluntary he said. In other obesity is not neces- sarily a badge of gluttony and sloth. It's natural. Dr. Liebel and his colleagues at Rockefeller In New York Page Baby Face........... C5 Calendar.......... AS Classified............ C9 Comics............... C6 Crossword......... C14 Death Notices...... C8 Editorials............. A12 Entertainment.... C8 Family Living........ CW For the Record 82 Honor roll............ B5 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also is recyclable. ClaaaMad....................268-7000 Circulation..................268-4600 From Kant 327-1883 AN other dapartmanta..268-8000 Movies Obltuanes Police Beat. SevemaPark. South County Sports Television A13 A13 84 B3 Dl-6 C7 A13 Tree Talk... All Smoking ban already felt Guests cancel to stay at the Loews ByTODD SPANGLER Staff Writer State officials say it will take six months to educate employers about a workplace smoking but the impact is being felt right now at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Tom manager of the told legislators yesterday that the scheduled to begin March prompted a number of guests for a convention next month to cancel their reservations. Propane gas dealers from Mary- Delaware and Virginia were to meet at the hotel for a three-day meeting. Now the plans may be costing Loews thousands of dollars. cancellation means one em- ployee's Mr. Negri told the House Environmental Matters mlttee. The committee Is considering Troao The Capital. May 1997 canoal thakr raaarvatfoM. legislation that would punch holes in Gov. Parrte N. work- place smoking exempting motels and any establishment with liquor licente. of sjaMto for a convention to The governor has said he'll veto such sweeping arguing that the ban must remain largely intact to have the health benefits be hopes to achieve. But the bill   

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