Jury to determine penalty for Pr. George's man who called in hit
A federal jury must now decide if a Maryland man deserves the death penalty for hiring a hit man to kill a Philadelphia-area woman who laundered money for his multimillion-dollar cocaine ring.
The penalty phase begins Monday in the murder-for-hire trial of 38-year-old Maurice Phillips, of Upper Marlboro.
A federal jury in Philadelphia convicted him last week of orchestrating the murder of 50-year-old Chineta Glanville in 2002 because she was cooperating with investigators.
Prosecutors say Phillips paid his cousin $16,000 to kill Glanville in her Wyndmoor home. Her godson, Dane King, was also killed.
Phillips was also convicted of running a $31 million drug operation that moved cocaine from Texas to the eastern seaboard.
If not sentenced to death, Phillips will spend life in prison.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post Editors
April 19, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
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