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Trial of inmate charged with killing cellmate while serving Montgomery sentence moved

A judge in Cumberland has granted a defense motion to move the trial of a state prison inmate charged with murdering his cellmate at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution.

The inmate, Mario Bowling, is serving a 25-year sentence for a 1994 robbery and battery conviction in Montgomery County.

A clerk said Wednesday that the court found that publicity about the case had jeopardized chances of finding an impartial jury in Allegany County.

The 44-year-old Bowling is charged with first-degree murder in the April 16 death of 23-year-old Eric Watkins. Watkins died from asphyxiation and blunt force trauma.

Watkins, of Baltimore, was serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of 15-year-old Quartina Johnson of Woodlawn.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 7, 2010; 3:06 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland , Montgomery , Prison Beat  
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