MARYLAND

Body Found at Church A man was found dead outside a Silver Spring church yesterday, and Montgomery County detectives believe he was the victim of a slaying, police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said.

Baur said officers went to Canaan Christian Church, at 2100 University Blvd. West, about 1:40 p.m. after receiving a call about a shooting and found the body in the parking lot. Baur said officers found no signs of a shooting, but investigators determined that the victim had suffered blunt-force trauma.

An autopsy will establish a cause of death, Baur said.

Gambling Sentence A Potomac man was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for money laundering and conducting an illegal gambling business, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein announced.

According to a plea agreement, Alvin Kotz, 70, operated a gambling business from late 2002 to January 2004 that allowed bettors to gamble on professional and college sports games by wiring money to an offshore site using the Internet.

Two codefendants, David McGowan, 70, of Chevy Chase and Stuart Weinstein, 55, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty in August to conducting an illegal gambling business. They are to be sentenced Nov. 14.

THE DISTRICT

Ex-Principal Pleads Guilty A former principal of a District elementary school pleaded guilty yesterday in D.C. Superior Court to embezzling almost $10,000 from a school fund.

Nae M. Davis, 58, who was principal of Burroughs Elementary, stole $9,834.86 from the student activity fund from September 2000 to September 2002, the U.S. attorney's office said. Davis retired in 2003.

Davis, who pleaded guilty to one count of theft, faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced Dec. 15. Sentencing guidelines recommend a term of six months to two years.

VIRGINIA

Doctor Pleads Guilty A Woodbridge doctor accused of dispensing pain medication to a female patient only after she performed sex acts with him pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal drug trafficking charge.

Abhay Vivek Aggroia was then sentenced to five years of probation by a judge, who found that the doctor had abused his position of trust, prosecutors said.

Court documents said Aggroia, who specializes in internal medicine, fondled the woman and prescribed Percocet pills for her beginning last year. The woman, who had chronic back and neck pain, became addicted to the medication.

1994 Murder Case A Fairfax County man was arraigned yesterday on a murder charge in a 1994 stabbing in the Huntington area. The case was reopened this year when DNA from the crime scene matched a sample in the state DNA database, court records show.

The body of Marvin B. Greenwell, 55, was discovered May 10, 1994, in his apartment at 5840 Cameron Run Terr. Investigators found DNA on cigarette butts and a towel in the apartment, and Fairfax cold-case detectives last year resubmitted a sample to the state crime lab.

In April, according to court records, the crime lab matched the DNA to Leslie E. Carver, 44. Carver was arrested on drug charges in June in Prince William County, and police then obtained a second DNA sample from him. Carver was indicted by a Fairfax grand jury Oct. 17 and was brought to Fairfax yesterday to face the murder charge.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.