ANNAPOLIS - While rounding up support for the death penalty on Wednesday, two relatives of slain Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson ran into Gov. Martin O'Malley outside the State House and chatted with him.
The chance encounter led to O'Malley mentioning them at the start of his State of the State address.
They might not have found a like mind in O'Malley, but Kimmy Armstrong and Carole Ingram - Nicholson's aunt and great aunt - said they thanked the governor for coming to Nicholson's funeral.
O'Malley publicly has stated his opposition to capital punishment, and last year testified in favor of a bill to repeal Maryland's death penalty.
The bill failed in a Senate committee, where Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, cast a key vote of opposition.
Nicholson was shot and killed while on duty Dec. 19. Douglas Wayne Pryor has been charged with murdering both Nicholson and Alison Munson, Pryor's ex-girlfriend.