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Convicted murderer to stand trial in 2005 strangulation of inmate on bus from Hagerstown to Baltimore

May 05, 2008

BEL AIR, Md. (AP) -- A two-time convicted murderer is poised to go on trial for strangling another inmate aboard a prison bus.

Twenty-five-year-old Kevin Johns will be tried in Harford County.

Baltimore County assistant State's Attorney Ann Brobst says she understands Johns will waive his right to have the case heard by a jury. Brobst expects opening statements will be given today, after a discussion about security arrangements for the defendant.

Johns allegedly killed 20-year-old Philip Parker Jr., aboard a bus that was taking inmates from Hagerstown to Baltimore in February 2005. The day before Parker died, he had testified at Johns' sentencing for the 2004 murder of a prisoner at the Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown.

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