THE DISTRICT

Bodies in trunk: Police discovered two decomposing bodies in the trunk of a car parked near an apartment building in Southwest Washington yesterday afternoon, authorities said.

Officers and firefighters responded about 12:45 p.m. to a call of an odor coming from a car in the 4600 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard SW, police said. Inside the trunk, police found two "badly decomposed" bodies. Detectives are investigating the deaths as homicides.

Authorities said the bodies appeared to have been in the car at least several days. The bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office for autopsies.

MARYLAND

Cause of death: Maryland's medical examiner has ruled that a Silver Spring teenager who was slain Friday night died of multiple blunt-force injuries to the head, Montgomery County police said yesterday.

Malik D. McCoy, 16, a sophomore at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, was beaten by at least five youths about 11 p.m. Friday, police said. He died a short time later.

McCoy's autopsy report said he suffered no stab or gunshot wounds, police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said. Police have made no arrests in the slaying, and the investigation continues, Baur said.

Lawyer sentenced: A disbarred Charles County lawyer was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $580,000 in restitution for stealing from the estates of his clients.

William Ellinger, 70, of La Plata pleaded guilty in February in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to two counts of mail fraud and three counts of wire fraud for taking money from the estates of three clients over a six-year period.

In each case, Ellinger would open a bank account in the name of the deceased person, then write unauthorized checks to his law firm's accounts, sometimes forging signatures. Ellinger then withdrew the money for personal use, according to prosecutors.

THE REGION

Woman sentenced: The owner of a money-transmitting company has been sentenced to 30 months in jail after inspectors at Dulles International Airport stopped one of her Guatemala-bound couriers and found him carrying more than $200,000 hidden in soap boxes, stuffed animals and cigarette cartons, authorities said yesterday.

The Jan. 28 seizure marked the second time in two years that couriers working for Villeda Express were found to be moving money illegally, according to a statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Sonia Fantina Villeda, 42, whose firm had offices in Hyattsville and Richmond, pleaded guilty to operating an illegal money service business in Maryland and Virginia, the statement said. At her sentencing Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, she also was ordered to forfeit $206,307. Villeda will be deported to Guatemala when she completes her sentence, authorities said.

Compiled from reports by staff writers and the Associated Press.