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MARYLAND BRIEFING

-- Associated Press

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Acquittal in Home Invasion Trial

A Prince George's County jury yesterday acquitted a Forestville man of a home invasion murder and robbery that occurred almost a year ago.

After deliberating for a little more than two hours over two days, the jury acquitted Sean C. "Big Head" Henderson, 20, of first-degree murder in the May 17, 2006, slaying of Terrelle Seals, 21.

According to police charging documents and prosecutors, Henderson fatally shot Seals in Seals's apartment in the 3200 block of Walters Lane in Forestville.

A 10-year-old boy who was hiding in the bedroom, the son of Seals's girlfriend, picked Henderson from a photo array and testified for the state against Henderson. Defense attorney Thomas C. Mooney said he brought out inconsistencies in the boy's description of the killer in his cross-examination.

-- Ruben Castaneda

Housing Crunch in College Park

The perennial housing crunch at the University of Maryland shocked some students this week when more than 500 juniors were told that they were unlikely to get on-campus housing for next year.

A lot of people are upset, said Harold Young, a sociology major from Baltimore. "We're about to be seniors, we worked hard to get to this point, and now we don't have housing."

Most rising seniors choose to get apartments off campus, but those who want to stay in university housing typically can. This year, though, an unusually large number of rising sophomores and juniors opted to stay on campus, said Jan Davidson, associate director of resident life.

For more than a decade, the state's flagship public university has had a waiting list for housing, as the school has become more selective academically.

The number of students choosing to live nearby with their parents has fallen, and the number staying enrolled and graduating has increased. Since 2000, the university established a policy giving priority to incoming freshmen, then sophomores, then juniors, then seniors, in that order.

-- Susan Kinzie


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