That's 'Prince George's,' not 'Pee-Gee'
A rare and unexpected moment of levity occurred in a double-murder trial in Upper Marboro -- in Prince George's County -- while a DNA specialist was on the witness stand.
The moment occurred in the trial of Lawrence T. Covington, 35, who is charged with fatally stabbing LePrince Hall, 41, and Maurice Fountain, 24, during an attack in Hall's home near Upper Marlboro last March 26. Covington is also charged with assaulting Genea Simms Fountain, 22, who suffered stab wounds but survived the attack.
On Thursday, Jessica Charak, a DNA specialist for the Prince George's County police, took the witness stand and, under direct examination by a county prosecutor, described her education and qualifications.
In answer to a question, Charak testified that she worked for four years for the Army "before coming to PG."
Circuit Court Judge Sheila R. Tillerson-Adams immediately interrupted, "Prince George's."
The judge was smiling.
Charak and others in the courtroom laughed.
Many longtime residents of Prince George's bristle at the abbreviation "PG," which they view as insulting to the county. The trial is scheduled to continue next Wednesday.
December 4, 2009; 1:25 PM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse , Homicide , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda
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