Raymond White, a 25-year-old Washington man, was found guilty of first degree murder yesterday in the shooting death of one of two cab drivers killed the same day in Prince George's County last January.
The jury of eight men and four women that heard the case in Prince George's Circuit Court also found White guilty of kidnaping, armed robbery and the use of a handgun to commit a violent crime.
White could receive a life sentence for murder and up to 65 years in prison on the other charges. Sentencing is set for Dec. 10, according to Michael P. Whalen, the prosecutor in the case.
However, Circuit Court Judge David G. Ross, who heard the case, ruled in preliminary proceedings last July that Maryland's new death penalty law does not apply to White because he was not accused of committing murder "by his own hand."
White and Eugene J. Banks, an 18-year-old Washington man, were accused of robbing and murdering two cab drivers on separate occasions last Jan. 20.
The jury's verdict, reached after four hours of deliberation, found White guilty in the death of 37-year-old Robert Andrew McNeil, one of the drivers.
White's lawyer, E. Allen Shepherd, said the conviction would be appealed.
White must still stand trial for the murder of the other cab driver, Flora Washington, who was killed 12 hours before McNeil. No date has been set for that trial, Shepherd said.
Bands, already convicted of the two murders, is serving a life sentence plus 50 years for the crimes. Evidence in both trials showed Banks held the weapon while White sat in the back seat during the robberies and murders.