Maryland parole officials met yesterday with Terrence G. Johnson but declined to say later whether they intend to parole him. Johnson is a black prison inmate whose 1979 trial in the slayings of two white police officers inflamed racial tensions in Prince George's County for months.
Susan Kaskie, spokeswoman for the Maryland Parole Board, said Johnson's hearing was held as scheduled at the Baltimore City Correctional Center. But she said a decision on whether to parole him or keep him imprisoned will not be announced for several days.
Johnson was 15 when he shot and killed Officers Brian B. Swart and Albert M. Claggett IV in the early hours of June 26, 1978. He had been arrested in connection with a petty crime and said he was being beaten when he grabbed Claggett's gun and fired in self-defense.
The charges against him, two counts of first-degree murder, prompted demonstrations by black residents in the county who had long regarded Prince George's police as brutal and racist. Public tensions intensified after a jury acquitted Johnson of murder, convicting him of manslaughter in one slaying and finding him not guilty by reason of temporary insanity in the other.
He has served 12 years of a 25-year sentence.
Kaskie said Johnson must be notified of the parole officials' decision within 30 days. The ruling will then be announced publicly.