Curtis Aden Jamison told a fellow prison inmate that he killed Tara Allison Gladden because the 15-year-old Columbia girl was "just making too much noise" about their sexual relationship, according to testimony Friday.
Jamison -- on trial in Howard Circuit Court for first-degree murder -- sounded "remorseless and cold" when he spoke of Miss Gladden and her 1993 slaying, said Regan Grant Mulvey.
Mulvey testified that he overheard a conversation between his cellmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown and Jamison. He said the cellmate asked Jamison why he killed Miss Gladden.
"She was basically begging and screaming, just making too much noise," Mulvey said he heard Jamison reply. Mulvey, a 26-year-old Baltimore County man, is serving a 10-year sentence for assault with intent to disable.
Mulvey said that he at first did not know whom the men were talking about, but that Miss Gladden's name came up later in the conversation. "The name I remember was something like Teara," he testified. "I thought it was unusual."
The cellmate, Herman H. Eiler, was subpoenaed to testify but was not called to the stand.
On cross-examination, Mulvey said he heard "bits and pieces" of the conversation because he was watching television and listening to a radio at the time.
He added that he was not promised any leniency in exchange for his testimony, although he has been put in protective custody at the Howard County Detention Center.
Mulvey's testimony came on the fifth day of the trial for Jamison, a Baltimore man serving a 20-year sentence at Roxbury for having sexual relations with two underage girls.
Miss Gladden's body was found Aug. 17, 1993, in a culvert under Columbia's Little Patuxent Parkway, about a half-mile from her Town Center home, after police and her family mounted a widespread search.
Last week, a sign was placed along Little Patuxent Parkway, over the culvert, by friends of the Gladden family in remembrance of Miss Gladden.
The white, wooden, heart-shaped sign, bordered by red and zTC white flowers, reads: "In our hearts forever remember Tara." It shows a picture of Miss Gladden wearing a soccer uniform and kneeling with a soccer ball.
Similar memorials, including one shaped like a cross, have been placed along the highway since her body was found.
Tomorrow, prosecutors are expected to rest their case against Jamison, who they contend killed Miss Gladden so he could beat criminal charges filed against him over their relationship.
Those charges were dropped after the girl died, but Jamison was indicted in her death after a 17-month police investigation. He could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if he is convicted of first-degree murder.
Key testimony is expected tomorrow from Dr. Margarita Korell, a state medical examiner who conducted an autopsy on Miss Gladden's body and ruled that the girl most likely was strangled.
However, defense attorneys are expected to challenge Dr. Korell's findings, saying that Miss Gladden's body was too decomposed for a cause of death to be determined accurately.
During Friday's proceedings, a 16-year-old Baltimore girl was questioned by defense attorneys after testifying Thursday that she knew Jamison killed Miss Gladden but didn't tell anyone until after the girl's body was found.
The girl, 13 at the time of the slaying, testified that she didn't tell anyone about the slaying because she feared losing her relationship with Jamison.
Baltimore attorney J. Wyndal Gordon focused on the many lies the girl admitted telling police about her relationship with Jamison to determine whether she was lying in her testimony.
Mr. Gordon contended that the girl went to authorities with her stories to get revenge on Jamison for having relationships with other girls -- assertions she denied.
"I'm going to make sure he doesn't hurt another girl like me and especially the way he hurt Tara," the girl read from a statement.
Prosecutors introduced telephone conversations between the girl and Jamison that police recorded in August 1993. The tapes were not played in court Friday.