Note: This clipping was created from a page that has been replaced with a better quality image.
1983 Aug 3-Carback, John and Donna-Parallel murder trials open in Arundel Court-page 64-2
Both trials began with prosecutors' prosecutors' .contentions that Mr. Bratt jjjouiicu uic imuiuio auu, Hum iuj. Raspa and Mr. Rowe to do the job. In Mr. Raspa's trial before Judge Bruce C. Williams, deputy. state's attorney attorney Prank Weathersbee said that .Mr. Raspa, a close friend of the Car-backs, Car-backs, Car-backs, brought Mr. Rowe to their home on the night of December 19, ' 1981, introducing him to them as a new cocaine supplier. Mr. Rowe carried a bag, said Mr. Weathersbee, that the Carbacks believed believed contained some of that cocaine. cocaine. Instead, he said that it held an M-10 M-10 M-10 Ingraham submachine gun used to kill the Carbacks. Mr. Raspa's attorney, Richard Karceski, however, told a different story. He suggested that his client had been fingered as one of the killers by a man named Wade Lane, who will testify for the state under a grant of immunity from prosecution. Mr. Karceski told the jury of seven women and five men that several state witnesses would appear before them to implicate Mr. Raspa. Many, he said, have in common a relationship relationship with a Col. Mitchell Warbell, operator of an anti-terrorist anti-terrorist anti-terrorist training school in Georgia "that teaches people people how to kill, believe it or not." Mr. Lane and Mr. Bratt, he said, graduated from that school, which trains people in the use of automatic weapons and silencers. Police have recovered an M-10 M-10 M-10 automatic automatic pistol with a silencer. Mr. Bratt has admitted the gun belongs to him, and police say a ballistics test links the weapon to some of the shots fired at the Carback home the night of the killings. Mr. Karceski also said that Mr. Bratt had admitted to friends his involvement involvement in the Carback killings, as well as bragging of another killing "at another point in time." ".Thomas Raspa was not involved in that killing," said Mr. Karceski. "But do you know who was? Believe ,it or not, you'il hear it was John Car-back Car-back Car-back who was involved." Mr. Karceski said Mr. Bratt approached approached Mr. Lane and asked him to take part in the killings of the Car-backs. Car-backs. Car-backs. He said that Mr. Lane was prepared prepared to tell the jury he didn't do it. "He'll say he told Larry, 'I don't do that; but I'll get you someone who can,' " said the defense lawyer, who also predicted to jurors that several witnesses will lie to them. o