Double murder suspect testifies as trial nears end
In a surprise move, the man accused of fatally stabbing two men and wounding a young woman in an upper-middle class neighborhood near Upper Marlboro testified on his own behalf Thursday. He denied committing the crimes.
Last week, Genea Simms Fountain, 22, testified that she picked Covington's picture from a photo array shown to her by a county homicide detective. Under direct examination by Assistant State's Attorney Mike Glynn, Fountain identified Covington -- who was sitting at the defense table about 10 feet from her -- as the man she saw fatally stab Maurice, her husband, and wounded her.
Covington testified that he knew Hall and got along "pretty well" with him. Under cross-examination by Glynn, Covington said he went to the towing business that Hall owned in Clinton on the Saturday before the murders. Covington said he was on his way to a strip club nearby, and stopped to ask Hall if he could borrow one of his tow trucks; Covington said he sometimes works as a tow truck operator.
When Assistant Public Defender Doug Irminger asked Covington if he killed Hall and Fountain, the defendant replied, "No, I did not." He also denied attacking Genea Fountain.
Over the objections of the defense, Glynn had Covington say some phrases that, according to Genea Fountain, the attacker said during the crime: "Do you have anything?" "Where are the valuables?" and "Die" were among the phrases.
Glynn then recalled Genea Fountain to the stand, and she testified that Covington's voice was the same as the attacker's voice.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday.
-- Ruben Castaneda
December 11, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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