Laurel man found guilty of manslaughter in stabbing death

A 21-year-old Laurel man was found guilty of manslaughter in the stabbing death of another man near a North Laurel mobile park home in Howard County Circuit Court on Tuesday, said Howard County state’s attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Robert Tasker, of the 20 block on Cross Street, was also found guilty of assault, reckless endangerment and a weapons charge in the death of Robert Lynn Foster, 46, of Savage, on Aug. 23. The jury, which deliberated for approximately five hours, found Tasker not-guilty of second degree murder, according to Kirwan.

Defense attorney Debra A. Saltz said Tasker was stabbed first by Foster, and that her client was acting in self-defense, Kirwan said. 

Kirwan said prosecutor Devora Kirschner said Tasker’s account of self-defense, which was contradicted by six eye witnesses, was a lie.

According to Howard County Police, on the evening of Foster's death, he and Tasker got into an argument near Midway mobile home park, located in the 10000 block of North 2nd Street, that escalated into a physical altercation.

Police responding shortly after 7:15 p.m. found Foster lying near the entrance of the mobile home park.

Foster was transported to Laurel Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Tasker's sentencing date is set for April, 25.

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