MARYLAND

Two Slaying Victims Identified

Prince George's County police yesterday identified a man who was found slain in his car Tuesday as Luther Pernell Wilson, 45, of the 6500 block of Hilmar Drive in Forestville.

Police said Wilson was shot in the abdomen about 12:30 p.m. as he was sitting in the front seat of a Chevrolet Corsica in a town house complex in the 1200 block of Capital View Drive in Landover, a few blocks from FedEx Field. Investigators said they don't have a suspect or motive.

Prince George's police also identified a man who was found dead Sunday after a Mount Rainier house fire as Arturo Cordero, 33. Firefighters found Cordero tied to a chair in the bedroom of his apartment in the 4600 block of 29th Street about 8:30 p.m. after they doused a small blaze that caused an estimated $5,000 in damage.

Police said Cordero was the victim of a homicide but declined to disclose how or when he died or to give other details. Fire officials also declined to reveal the cause of the blaze, citing the criminal investigation.

Financial Planner Charged With Fraud

Federal officials yesterday charged an Annapolis financial planner with one count of wire fraud for allegedly swindling investors of more than $2 million.

Charles J. Kristie, owner of Balanced Capital Planning Inc., faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted.

Prosecutors said Kristie promised clients that he would invest their money in mutual funds or money market accounts that turned out not to exist and sent them phony financial statements showing their balances and interest. In reality, officials said, he used the money for personal and business expenses.

No court date has been set.

VIRGINIA

Alexandria Man Arraigned in Slaying

A 19-year-old Alexandria resident was arraigned Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria on charges that he shot and killed a 17-year-old Arlington youth during a botched drug deal in September.

Dwayne Gladney faces charges of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute, and murder during a drug-trafficking crime.

His alleged victim, Michael Bates, was found in the Arna Valley area of South Arlington suffering multiple gunshot wounds on the evening of Sept. 3.

According to a three-count indictment, Gladney was trying to sell an "eight-ball"--about 3.5 grams--of cocaine when Bates was killed. His trial is scheduled for April 18, and he could get life in prison or the death penalty if he is convicted. His attorney, Alan Yamamoto, said he had no comment.