11-1 Deadlock in Crack House Slayings
A D.C. Superior Court jury deadlocked 11 to 1 yesterday in the trial of a man accused of killing three women in a crack house in 1996.
The jury had deliberated less than two days when it sent out a note to Judge Nan R. Shuker saying members were unable to reach a verdict in the case of Lydell Banks, 22. It was the second time in as many days the jury had indicated it was deadlocked. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Zeidenberg said yesterday the case will be retried, beginning with the impaneling of another jury tomorrow.
Banks, of Southeast Washington, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the July 19, 1996, slayings of Donya Katrina Davis, 23, Constance Simms, 40, and Karen Coleman, 36, in a crack house in the 100 block of 57th Place SE. He also is charged with assault with intent to kill and various weapons offenses in the shooting of Leon Brown, 35, who survived.
Hadden Clark Case to Go Forward
A Montgomery County judge rejected a request from Hadden Clark's attorneys yesterday to dismiss a grand jury indictment charging Clark with killing 6-year-old Michele Dorr in 1986.
Clark's attorneys had asked that the judge dismiss the indictment because Montgomery prosecutors allegedly had heard a witness give the grand jury false testimony and did not correct it before the grand jury issued the indictment in October 1998.
Clark, who is serving a 30-year sentence for killing a young Bethesda woman in 1992, is scheduled to stand trial Monday on a first-degree murder charge in Michele's death.
Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Michael D. Mason found that a prosecutor made an inadvertent error that did not rise to the level of dismissing the case against Clark.
The child's body has never been found.
Angelos Files 2 Suits Over Lead Paint
Lawyer Peter G. Angelos filed two lawsuits in Baltimore Circuit Court on Monday to force the paint industry to remove lead paint from 1 million Maryland homes and pay millions of dollars in damages to six Baltimore children he says were poisoned by lead.
In the past, judges have said plaintiffs' attorneys must prove which brand of paint contaminated a particular house and poisoned a particular child, a task that has proved impossible.
Angelos said he will overcome that legal obstacle by proving that major paint and pigment manufacturers colluded to preserve sales of lead paint in the face of mounting evidence of its dangers.
The lawsuit, which seeks $5 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages for each defendant, targets 15 makers of lead paint, lead pigment and gasoline additives, including DuPont, Glidden, Atlantic Richfield and SCM Corp. Angelos is owner of the Baltimore Orioles.