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Thursday, March 20, 2008

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Jurors Weighing Murder Case

A jury began deliberating yesterday about whether a teenager who confessed to shooting college student Maurice Powell last year during a robbery near the Addison Road-Seat Pleasant Metro station should be found guilty of murder.

During the trial, in Prince George's County Circuit Court, the defense alleged that Khiry Montay Moore's confession was coached and coerced. Attorney Don E. Ansell accused county police of "feeding" details of the shooting to his client.

Assistant State's Attorney Richard Allen Moore II referred to Moore, to whom he is not related, as "a cold-hearted thug." Powell, 19, of Capitol Heights, was killed March 11, 2007, as he and two friends were walking home from the Metro station after having watched a movie in Georgetown. Khiry Moore, also of Capitol Heights, was 16 at the time.

-- Ruben Castaneda

Couple Shot Outside of Church

A man and a woman leaving evening Bible study at the Assembly of Saints Church in the 4800 block of Suitland Road were accosted and shot last night by a masked gunman, Prince George's County police and a witness said.

The witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation, said a man wearing a white mask approached the two in the church parking lot between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. and shot the man twice in the upper body before fleeing on foot along Suitland Road. Police said that the man was shot at least once in the arm and that the wounds were not considered life-threatening. The woman was grazed, police said.

Police said they did not know of a motive.

-- Elissa Silverman


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