William C. Rindgo, 39, was found guilty yesterday of murder, rape, robbery and escaping from prison in connection with death of Barbara L. Meyersburg, whose partly clad body was found outside station WTOP on Jan. 8, 1974.
The jury returned the verdict after deliberations, that began last Friday. Much of their time was taken up listening to tape recordings of the testimony of Rindgo and other witnesses during the week-long trial.
Rindgo testified that he spent the night Miss Meyersburg was killed in a D.C. corrections department half-way house in Southeast Washington, where he was serving a sentence for attempted rape and attempted armed robbery.
Another witness whose testimony the jury heard replayed was Edward Clifton Burke. He testified that he had sneaked out of another halfway house the night of Jan. 7, 1974, gone to a bar at 14th and U Streets NW in search of heroin, and there met Rindgo.
Burke said he and Rindgo had gone to Wisconsin Avenue NW near WTOP, which is at 40th and Brandywine Streets NW, to commite a robbery. He said hea heard a woman scream, went to a parking lot near the station, and there saw Rindgo with his hands around a woman's neck. Burke said he fled.
Rindgo and Burke were arrested and charged in Miss Meyersburg's death on Jan. 24, 1974. Burke wa offered immunity in the case in return for his coorperation with prosecutors.
Rindgo has been in the D.C. correctional complex at Lorton, Va., since his arrest in the case. Judge Eugene N. Hamilton of D.C. Superior Court set sentencing for April 6.
Rindgo faces a mandatory 20 years to life for the murder of Miss Meyersburg, 24, a ticket clerk for Pan American World Ariways. He also could receive a lire term for rape and maximum sentences of 15 years and five years for robbery and escape.
A mistrial was declared in a trial last December when the jury was unable to reach a verdict.