Two men accused in the Dec. 4 shooting death of James S. "Jay" Bias were indicted by a Prince George's County grand jury yesterday on nearly a dozen charges each, including first-degree murder.
Jerry S. Tyler, 24, the accused gunman, and Gerald W. Eiland, 20, who allegedly drove the car from which the shots were fired, have not posted bail. They remain jailed in the Prince George's Correctional Center, authorities said.
Bias, 20, a younger brother of the late University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, was shot twice while riding in a Toyota 4Runner with two friends outside a Prince George's shopping mall. Tyler, who allegedly had argued with Bias in the mall minutes earlier, is accused of firing several shots at the Toyota from the front passenger seat of a Mercedes-Benz.
Tyler, of Temple Hills, was charged with first-degree murder when he surrendered to detectives hours after the shooting. Eiland, of Southeast Washington, surrendered six days later and was charged with first-degree murder under a legal theory known as accomplice liability.
Besides indicting the men on first-degree murder charges, the grand jury indicted them yesterday on two counts each of attempted murder. The charges relate to Bias's two friends, who were in his vehicle but were not wounded.
Tyler and Eiland also were indicted on several counts each of malicious shooting and using a handgun in a crime of violence.
Trial dates for the men have not been set.
Minutes before the shooting outside Prince George's Plaza, near Hyattsville, Bias and Tyler allegedly argued in the mall, with Tyler accusing Bias of flirting with his wife, a jewelry store clerk, according to police.
In a decision that drew criticism from Jay Bias's father, friends and others, a District Court judge on Dec. 6 set Tyler's bail at $50,000. The judge ordered Tyler, if he is released, to stay in his parents' house under electronic monitoring, except when working, attending school or church, visiting his attorney or seeking medical treatment.
Eiland's bail is set at $350,000.