- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Former U.S. Deputy Marshal Arthur Lloyd testified yesterday that he fatally shot a 20-year-old Navy seaman because the sailor punched and wrestled him, resisted arrest and tried to run him down with his Camaro in Rockville last fall.

“I did not want to kill him,” Mr. Lloyd testified. “When I saw the car coming toward me, I was just protecting myself.”

Mr. Lloyd, 54, is charged with killing Seaman Ryan T. Stowers after the two men fought outside Mid-Pike Plaza on the night of Oct. 28. If convicted, Mr. Lloyd could be sentenced to life plus 25 years in prison. He spent 28 years with the U.S. Marshals Service. He retired after the shooting.

Attorneys on both sides say that the two men were involved in a traffic incident on Rockville Pike and that they turned into the plaza, got out of their cars and began fighting. Defense attorneys contend that Mr. Lloyd fired at Seaman Stowers in self-defense.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Ann S. Harrington dismissed the jury early yesterday to hear arguments on whether to admit evidence that showed Seaman Stowers previously had been involved in two similar run-ins with police. One incident was in California and the other in Chestertown, Md.

Attorneys also argued that Mr. Lloyd had been previously charged with domestic abuse, but Judge Harrington refused to admit that as evidence.

Witnesses on Tuesday testified that Seaman Stowers was intoxicated the night he was shot in Rockville.

Yesterday, witnesses testified that the fight between began on Rockville Pike. Before the fight, Seaman Stowers had been drinking at TGI Friday’s restaurant, and the Lloyd family had gone to the plaza to buy Halloween costumes.

Bruce Crawford and his fiancee, Sharon Bellamy, said that they saw Seaman Stowers at the restaurant and that they did not see any signs of intoxication until the sailor went outside and sped away in his Camaro.

“He slid into the intersection,” Mr. Crawford told the jury. When the light turned green, the tires on the Camaro screeched and “the car continued spinning left and right.”

Miss Bellamy said they saw the Camaro bounce on and off a curb as it tried to pass a black Ford sport utility vehicle and possibly hit the sport utility vehicle’s rear bumper.

Mr. Lloyd, driving with his wife and five children in the SUV, told the jury that he didn’t feel any bumps before he turned into the plaza parking lot.

“My wife told me to stop. There was a guy behind me, banging on the horn and flashing lights,” Mr. Lloyd testified. “He shouted out the window, ‘You sideswiped my car.’ He was cussing and was pretty agitated.”

Mr. Lloyd said that Seaman Stowers began punching him and that he fought back. Mr. Lloyd said that he was knocked to the ground and that his wife got out of the SUV and said, “Stop. Stop. He’s a federal marshal.”

Even after showing his identification, Mr. Lloyd said Seaman Stowers continued to fight. Mr. Lloyd said he pulled his .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic as further warning and shot the sailor above the right ankle.

Seaman Stowers got up, called 911 on a cell phone and climbed into the Camaro even though Mr. Lloyd said he repeatedly told the sailor to get on the ground.

Mr. Lloyd said he again showed his badge to the sailor.

“He gets quiet. He turns his car towards me and guns his car. … I jumped out of the way. I just started shooting,” Mr. Lloyd said, adding that he saw the Camaro’s rear window explode from one or two of the three shots. “I shot to defend myself. I could hear my baby crying.”

With the sailor in the driver’s seat, the Camaro began to move forward and crashed into a storefront.

“I didn’t know if my shots had hit him,” said Mr. Lloyd, who added that he rushed to the Camaro and urged a man to call an ambulance.

Evidence showed that one of the bullets hit the sailor in the back of the left shoulder, piercing the aorta. Defense attorney Barry Helfand had argued that the bullet wound goes from left to right through Seaman Stowers upper chest, indicating that the fatal wound came from the side, not the back.

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