Testimony given to counter alibi in slaying trial Store manager presents different date for sale claimed by defendant


Howard County prosecutors offered testimony yesterday to try to discredit Curtis Aden Jamison's alibi for the day Tara Allison Gladden, 15, disappeared from her Columbia home.

Jamison, who is being tried in the slaying of the teen-ager, told police that he bought parts to repair the power steering of a 1980 Ford LTD on July 22, 1993 -- the last day she was seen alive, according to Howard Circuit Court testimony.

"He was adamant about that," testified Sgt. L. Pete D'Antuono of the Howard County Police Department's investigations unit. "His sister and father confirmed his activities for that day."

But Vernon Lyon, manager of Mainline Automotive Parts Corp. in Baltimore, the store where Jamison said he bought the parts, testified that he did not find records of such a purchase.

Mr. Lyon said he did find an invoice for the purchase of a hose, gaskets and fluids for a 1980 LTD on July 24 -- two days after Jamison said he bought the parts and repaired the car with a friend at his parents' Baltimore home.

On cross-examination, Mr. Lyon testified that his store sells only one kind of power-steering hose to fit a Ford LTD and none was sold July 22. He acknowledged that he did not check to see if other parts fitting a Ford LTD were sold that day.

Jamison, serving a 20-year sentence for having sexual relationships with two other under-age girls, could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if he is convicted of first-degree murder. His trial resumes today.

Prosecutors contend that Jamison killed Tara so he could beat criminal charges filed against him over their sexual relationship. Those charges were dropped after the girl's death, but he was indicted in her slaying after a 17-month police investigation.

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