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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.

The prosecution has no physical evidence -- such as DNA or a fingerprint -- connecting Lawrence T. Covington to the March 26 attack that took the lives of Maurice Fountain, 24, and LePrince Hall, 41.

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

By Ruben Castaneda  |  December 11, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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So nice of Mr. Castaneda to map out the courtroom ("sitting at the defense table about 10 feet from her") and tell us ignorant members of the public what physical evidence is missing ("DNA or a fingerprint").

Good to know Ruben watches CSI. But I guess he thinks an eyewitness victim in a botched triple murder is not enough to convict.

Perhaps if reporters refrained from their snide editorializing there would be less chance of yet another hung jury or acquittal in yet another PG County murder trial.

How about reporting on Mr. Covington's prior charges for robberies, burglary or deadly weapons on school grounds? No? Then again, this is the Washington Post and PG County....

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | December 11, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

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