The two men accused of the execution-style shootings Monday that left two Randallstown bank employees dead and two others seriously wounded have short police records, and one is a college graduate who co-owns a county cleaning business.
Louis Hill III, 25, a new tenant of the Stevenson Lane Apartments in Rodgers Forge, and Benjamin Franklin Boisseau Jr., 23, of the 3100 block of Clifton Avenue, were both denied bail yesterday on charges of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.
Neither man spoke inside or outside the Towson District Court, where they appeared before Judge G. Darrell Russell.
Teller Dorothy Juanita Langmead, 44, of the 4200 block of Deer Park Road, died at the bank, after two masked men entered with a semiautomatic machine pistol at about 2 p.m. and herded her and three of her co-workers into a vault. The masked men demanded money and were told it was in the cash drawers, then -- apparently without saying anything further -- shot the four women.
Six hours later, head teller Anastasia George, 51, of the 2200 block of Old Westminster Pike in Finksburg, died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Yesterday, Barbara Mitchell Aldrich, the 52-year-old manager of the Farmers Bank branch in the 9800 block of Liberty Road, was upgraded to fair and stable condition. Teller Cindy Ann Thomas, 21, of the 900 block of Dixon Ave. in Sykesville, remained in serious but stable condition.
According to police, the robbers grabbed a bag of money and fled. Witnesses who heard the gunshots copied the license plate number of a 1985 gray Toyota Tercel owned by Mr. Hill. Police officers closed in behind the car and recovered evidence including the gun, blood-stained gloves, clothing, ski masks and a bag containing $5,300.
Yesterday, M. Cristina Gutierrez, who represented Mr. Hill, and Assistant State's Attorney Robert A. Brocato, outlined Mr. Hill's police record. Ms. Gutierrez said it consisted of a 1990 deadly weapons charge in Fairfax County, Va., which was dismissed, and charges of assaulting a police officer and drug possession that resulted in a probation before judgment in August, meaning the charges would be dropped without a finding of guilt -- if he had no further trouble with the law for seven years.
Mr. Boisseau's record consisted of a 1987 petty theft charge in Baltimore County for which he failed to appear, a 1989 violation of probation in the city, and a 1991 failure to appear on a drug-possession charge in Montgomery County that was expunged in April, Mr. Brocato said.
Mr. Hill graduated in 1989 from Morehouse College in Atlanta, as a marketing major with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.
In February, he started a commercial and residential cleaning service, Spanking Clean Inc., with his mother, according to Ms. Gutierrez and the pre-trial services representative. He also worked at his father's business, Hollis L. Hill Sr. Inc. of Randallstown, a manufacturer's representative for health and beauty products, and had worked as a business representative for the Warner-Lambert Co.
Mr. Boisseau is separated from his wife, according to the pre-trial services interview, and moved to Clifton Avenue several months ago from his mother's home on Wilkens Avenue. Fired from a warehouse job he started in 1991, he had begun work in March at a company associated with Spanking Clean.
While the defense attorneys asked for a reasonable bail, Mr. Brocato demanded no bail. After the hearing, he said he didn't know whether the prosecution would seek the death penalty.
Ms. Gutierrez said, "the thing that concerns me is that people were calling for the death penalty, and this kid had not even had his first court appearance. . . . All is not what it appears to be."
At the tree-shaded brick apartments on Stevenson Avenue, several neighbors gathered near Mr. Hill's unit. One, woman who asked not to be identified, said she often saw the new tenant, whom she described as well-dressed and pleasant, and usually carrying a briefcase, when they exchanged pleasantries on her daily walk.