MARYLAND

Man Arrested in Roommate's Death

A Capitol Heights man was arrested in Pennsylvania and charged with murder in the death of his roommate, who was found stabbed in her home Jan. 3, Prince George's County police said yesterday.

Allen Tracy Reid, 36, of the 1200 block of Capitol Heights Boulevard, was arrested Jan. 5 by Pennsylvania State Police during a traffic stop in Schwenksville, Pa. He is awaiting extradition to Prince George's County, where he is wanted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Karen Geneva Fowler, 51.

Fowler was found stabbed in the chest in her Capitol Heights home about 7 p.m. Jan. 3 by her son, Prince George's police said. Fowler and Reid had been living together, police said.

Man Gives Blood Sample in '73 Slaying

A key suspect in the 1973 murder of a Bowie teenager gave police a sample of his blood yesterday for DNA testing after losing an eleventh-hour appeal in a New York court.

The suspect, a 46-year-old Syracuse man who graduated from Bowie High School, had fought the attempt by Anne Arundel County police to compare his DNA with a sample found at the murder scene.

Hunters found the body of Donna Lee Dustin, who had been beaten and raped, 26 years ago in an Anne Arundel quarry near her house. The Syracuse man is one of two suspects who police believe spent time with Dustin in the hours before she was killed.

The DNA tests are expected to take four to six weeks.

THE REGION

D.C. Man Struck in Head, Killed

A District man was killed early Saturday after he was struck in the back of the head and left to die on the side of a road in Mount Rainier, Prince George's County police said yesterday.

Police found Delbert Louis Habershon, 44, of the 1700 block of Allison Street, lying unconscious near Russell Avenue and Arundel Road about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. He was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

Police said they had no motive or suspect.

THE DISTRICT

Trial Begins in SE Woman's Death

A D.C. Superior Court jury began hearing evidence yesterday against London Marquis Ford, the first of three alleged gunmen to stand trial for the June 21 death of Helen Foster-El, killed in cross-fire at East Capitol Dwellings in Southeast.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn L. Kirschner said Ford, 19, who is charged with murder, and his friend Jimmy Shelton went to 56th Place that day to settle a dispute over money with another youth.

Two pairs of young men opened fire on each other, Kirschner said. Foster-El, a grandmother, died on her neighbor's stairs, shot in the back. Shelton pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Two other men are awaiting trial.

Ford pleaded not guilty. As the trial got underway, defense attorney Atiq R. Ahmed urged the jury to pay close attention to the details. At the end of the case, he maintained, the jury would conclude that his client was not guilty.

Guardsman Sentenced for Thefts

D.C. National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Robert L. Hilliard was ordered yesterday to pay a $1,000 fine and perform community service for stealing building materials from the National Guard Armory, the U.S. attorney's office reported.

Hilliard, 52, of Bowie, who oversaw maintenance at the armory and other Guard facilities, used stolen carpeting and tiles when remodeling his rental property in Cheverly.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Olsen said that Hilliard ordered employees to haul the supplies to Maryland, where FBI agents found them on Hilliard's property.