Use of confessions in trial OK'd


CHESTERTOWN -- A Kent County judge refused yesterday to throw out the confessions police say were made in December by two brothers accused of committing a hate crime in the shotgun death of a 73-year-old woman in rural Kent County.

In separate court appearances before Circuit Judge J. Frederick Price, David W. Starkey, 24, and Daniel R. Starkey, 20, sat impassively as lawyers argued that prosecutors should not be allowed to use statements in which the pair acknowledged their roles in the Dec. 4 killing of Germaine Clarkston as she returned home from a Christmas shopping trip.

Police say the brothers, who are white, followed Clarkston and two other black women for more than 20 miles along dark rural roads before a shotgun was fired from the passenger-side window of a 1998 Chevrolet pickup as it was driven alongside a compact car driven by Clarkston's niece.

Clarkston, a former school bus driver, nanny and housekeeper, was struck by two 12-gauge deer slugs and died two days later.

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