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Baltimore Co. gets carjacking trial


A Washington man charged in the carjacking killing of Pam Basu will stand trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

The trial for Rodney Eugene Soloman, 27, was moved after his attorneys said in February that Mr. Soloman could not receive a "fair and impartial" trial in Howard County.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty and requests for changes of venue are automatically granted in death-penalty cases, according to state law.

Mr. Soloman's trial date in Baltimore County has not been scheduled.

Meanwhile, co-defendant Bernard Eric Miller, 17, of Washington is to stand trial in Howard Circuit Court on April 5. The trial is expected to last about five weeks.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted. State law prohibits prosecutors from seeking the death penalty for juveniles.

RTC Mr. Soloman and Mr. Miller are each charged with first-degree murder and 18 other counts in the Sept. 8 slaying of Dr. Basu, a research chemist from Savage who was dragged to her death after being forced from the driver's seat.

The last time a trial was moved from Howard was in 1989, when Leo J. Rites was convicted in Anne Arundel County for his role in the robbery and slaying of a Columbia convenience store clerk.

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