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Witness held in contempt in killing of 72-year-old

A city judge on Thursday lengthened the sentence of a man convicted of killing a 72-year-old security guard for the Afro-American newspaper after the suspect refused to testify against the accused gunman.

Circuit Court Judge Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill found Troy Taylor, 20, in contempt of court after he refused to answer questions from attorneys while on the witness stand. Fletcher-Hill added five months and 29 days onto Taylor's 35-year sentence for first-degree murder.

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Prosecutors called Taylor to testify against his friend, Michael Hunter, 20, who is accused of gunning down Vietnam veteran Charles Bowman during the April 8, 2010, robbery of a Chinese food carryout in Waverly that netted $13. The crime shook the North Baltimore community and led police to flood the area with extra officers.

Police say Taylor, who pleaded guilty this year to first-degree murder, joined Hunter in committing the crime. During opening arguments Wednesday, prosecutors said they planned to call Taylor and another of Hunter's friends to testify against him.

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The trial is expected to wrap up Friday or Monday.

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