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Man guilty of killing girlfriend, her son

FREDERICK -- A Frederick man has been convicted of the March 1994 murders of his pregnant girlfriend and her 3-year-old son in the apartment they shared.

A Frederick County Circuit Court jury debated for less than two hours before finding Andre Duvall Sewell guilty of first-degree murder in the strangling deaths of Susan Jeanne Kester and Jacob Irwin Tribbett.

Sewell, 34, was expressionless as deputies took him from the courtroom after the verdict was announced Wednesday night.

Tuesday, Sewell maintained that on the day of the strangulations he was away for 14 hours from the apartment where the killings occurred.

But Wednesday morning, Deputy State's Attorney Matthew Campbell quietly challenged the alibi.

"You cannot be in two places at once," Mr. Campbell said. "But a false alibi is given for one reason: to hide guilt. Sewell lied to police, to friends, to jurors because he is guilty."

Sentencing has been set for June 29. Prosecutors have said they will seek a sentence of life without parole for each of the killings.

Sabillasville teen pleads innocent to murder

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Sabillasville teen-ager has pleaded innocent to murder charges in the death of a Pennsylvania convenience store clerk last year.

Clayton Faxon, 16, is charged with killing Gretchen C. Gross, 30, of Fayetteville, Pa., during a robbery of a High's convenience store in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

He entered the plea during his arraignment in the Franklin County Courthouse Wednesday.

The Faxon youth's alleged accomplice, Jeremiah Reynolds, 17, also of Sabillasville, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and robbery in March as part of a plea agreement.

Reynolds is expected to testify against the Faxon youth, who is charged with pulling the trigger in the shooting.

In a notice filed with the court, Franklin County District Attorney Jack Nelson said he intends to prove aggravated circumstances in the slaying and ask for the death penalty for the Faxon youth.

No trial date has been set.

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