NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro


Murder trial set to begin on Jan. 7

Michael C. Bryson, charged in the robbery and murder of Melrose hardware store owner Charles W. Therit, will stand trial Jan. 7, an Anne Arundel County circuit judge decided Monday.

In a brief pre-trial hearing, Circuit Judge Warren B. Duckett set Nov. 16 as the last day in which either the state or the defendant can file motions in the death-penalty case. Any motions will be argued in front of Judge Duckett on Dec. 2.

Mr. Bryson's trial was moved from Carroll County because the defendant requested the change. In death-penalty cases, such a request must be honored.

The Therit killing was the county's only homicide so far this year. The owner of Deep Run Hardware in Melrose, Mr. Therit, 51, was shot in the face with a 20-gauge Stoeger-brand shotgun during a robbery, police said.

Mr. Bryson was arrested April 6 after police found his fingerprints on the casing of the shotgun shell that killed Mr. Therit, police said.

Mr. Bryson, 25, is from Manchester.

He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center without bail pending trial.


* Hampstead: A 1990 Suzuki motorcycle/dirt bike was stolen from a shed behind the residence of a Hampstead family on Indian Court on the night of Sept. 28, state police reported on Tuesday.

* Snydersburg: Vandals damaged an automobile after breaking into a garage on Mar-Sue Drive between Sept. 25 and 26. Nothing was missing from the garage, state police said.

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