Death penalty possible for convicted Md. killer

TOWSON, Md. — A man convicted of killing a Towson gas station owner in a murder-for-hire plot could face the death penalty.

The Baltimore Sun reports that jury decided Thursday that 29-year-old Walter Bishop Jr. was eligible for the death penalty.

The sentencing portion of the trial continues Friday, and jurors will now decide whether Bishop should be sentenced to death or life in prison, either with or without the possibility of parole.

Bishop was convicted earlier this month of first degree murder in the death of 49-year-old William Ray Porter in March 2010.

In a taped confession he told homicide detectives he shot Porter in the office of the gas station. He said Porter’s wife had promised him $9,000 for killing her husband.

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