- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 2, 2006


Women describe rapes at academy hearing

Two women testified yesterday that a former linebacker on the U.S. Naval Academy football team had sex with them against their will — assaults that military prosecutors said were aided by the use of a date-rape drug.

Testifying in the military version of a grand jury hearing for Midshipman Kenny Ray Morrison, the women described separate incidents earlier this year in which they said he raped them. One told an officer that she had sex with Midshipman Morrison three times in a D.C. hotel room. But she said she was so groggy and weak that she was unable to resist him, despite telling him repeatedly to stop.

In the second case, a former midshipman who is now a Marine Corps officer described blacking out after Midshipman Morrison gave her a beer in an Annapolis bar. She awoke naked and in bed with him, unable to recall anything from the previous night.

Midshipman Morrison, 24, of Kingwood, Texas, is charged with rape, distribution of a controlled substance, assault and conduct unbecoming an officer for the two incidents.

His attorney, William Ferris, challenged the women’s stories during his cross-examination, questioning the accuracy of their memories of the nights when they drank alcohol. Both also said they did not see Midshipman Morrison put anything in their drinks.

“These rape charges clearly don’t meet the standard,” he said.

The investigating officer presiding over yesterday’s Article 32 hearing at the Washington Navy Yard, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Leary, will recommend to Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt whether Midshipman Morrison should face a general court-martial. Adm. Rempt will make the final decision. If convicted, Midshipman Morrison could be sentenced to life in a military prison.

The case is the second this year against a Navy football player. In July, former quarterback Lamar Owens Jr. was cleared of rape charges but found guilty of lesser offenses. A military jury recommended that Midshipman Owens face no penalties, but Adm. Rempt has not decided whether he will be punished administratively.

Three lions arrive from South Africa

Three young lions arrived at the National Zoo this week from South Africa, under a species-survival plan managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The two females and one male, all younger than 3, will be quarantined for at least a month before going on exhibit while veterinarians monitor and evaluate their health.

Until then, visitors can still see the zoo’s 15-year-old female lion, Lusaka, who was brought to the zoo in August 2003.



More charges eyed for rape suspect

A teenager already accused of twice raping a student at Tuscarora High School and the attempted rape of another girl could face even more charges.

The Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office plans today to present the county grand jury with accusations from two more Tuscarora students that the suspect also raped them.

Michael T. Smith, 17, is charged as an adult with the second-degree attempted rape of a girl who said he tried to rape her last month in a school restroom. He also was charged this week in two rapes of another student last spring.

He is being held on $1 million bail.


Mall employee fatally stabbed

A 35-year-old woman who worked at the J.C. Penney store at Lakeforest Mall was fatally stabbed yesterday, and police arrested a man who was one of her co-workers.

The attack happened about 3:15 yesterday afternoon on the loading dock of the store, Montgomery County police said.

Investigators said the two had argued before the man stabbed the woman. After the stabbing, the 20-year-old man ran through the store, outside and across Lost Knife Road, where he was hit by a pickup truck.

He continued running but was finally caught by police in the 9500 block of Horizon Run Road, police said.

The woman died at a hospital. Police did not name the suspect or the victim.


Man found dead near river identified

A man found dead Tuesday near the Monocacy River was identified as Mark Kuykendall, 48, of Germantown, who apparently fell from an 80-foot railroad bridge that crosses the river near Noland’s Ferry Road.

The body was found by a passer-by, the county sheriff’s office said.

Investigators are still trying to determine how he fell, but they have ruled out the possibility that he was hit by a train.


Ex-treasury worker sentenced for theft

A former employee at the Maryland Treasurer’s Office was sentenced yesterday to nine months of home detention for issuing unauthorized checks, state prosecutors said.

Wendi L. Davis, 43, of the 700 block of Match Point Drive in Arnold, also will serve one weekend in the Anne Arundel Detention Center for the theft of more than $52,000 from the State Insurance Trust Fund, which pays for injury and property losses caused by state employees.

Judge Joseph P. Manck also ordered Davis to undergo two years of supervised probation and substance-abuse treatment.

Davis wrote nine checks from the trust fund made payable to her husband, Sean. The money was deposited into their joint account. She then prepared fake documents to support the payments.

She was caught after issuing a 10th check in December 2003 to pay $829 due on her Verizon cell-phone bill.


Pilot who crashed lacked clearance

The pilot of the small plane that crashed last month near Tipton Airport took off without clearance for the restricted Air Defense Zone around the greater Washington area, a preliminary investigation said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Daniel Eberhardt, 57, of Downers Grove, Ill., filed his instrument flight plan, then taxied onto the runway and took off without a required transponder code. After he was told by the tower to return, the plane crashed in the process of turning around and landing.

The crash Oct. 19 killed Mr. Eberhardt and his friend Bobbi Getz, 56, of Pittsburgh. The cause is still under investigation, and the release of a final report could take a year.


Man charged in sex assault case

An Ellicott City man has been charged in a Sept. 26 sexual assault case, Howard County police said yesterday.

Ji Hwan Shin of the 2900 block of Brookwood Road is charged with a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.

A 23-year-old woman was walking on a bike path when a man grabbed her from behind in the 6300 block of Tamar Drive and threw her to the ground, police said. He was fondling her when a bicyclist happened by, and he fled.

A detective matched the description of the man to Mr. Shin, who was once on the Maryland sex-offender registry. He was arrested at his home last week and released on $50,000 bail until his trial in January.



Inmate’s attorneys press retardation case

Attorneys for Kevin Green have said the Virginia death row inmate is retarded and should not be executed.

His attorneys said in federal court this week that Green is unable to grasp reality, and they said that is one indication of his mental retardation and that Virginia is prohibited from executing him.

The state Attorney General’s Office said that Green is not retarded and that his IQ is one to four points over the generally recognized threshold for mental retardation.

Green, 29, has been on death row for six years for a 1998 convenience store robbery and murder in the Brunswick County community of Dolphin.

Green’s attorneys are trying to get the court to set an IQ level to define retardation as it applies to executions. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2002 in another Virginia case that the execution of the mentally retarded is unconstitutional but left it up to states to define mental retardation.

U.S. Magistrate Tommy Miller did not immediately rule on the case.


Women stabbed, robbed inside home

Two women were robbed and stabbed inside a home yesterday morning, Fairfax County police said.

One of the women responded to a knock on her door in the 1400 block of Powells Tavern Place. Two men, armed with knives, pushed their way into the home, police said.

The men searched the home and stabbed the two women, ages 30 and 33, in the upper body before fleeing. The two women were taken to Reston Hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening.

Two other adults and a child were in the home at the time, police said.


Track maintenance will cause delays

Riders on Metro’s Red, Orange, Green and Yellow lines can expect delays this weekend because of track maintenance and rail car tests.

Red Line passengers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes between the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood and Takoma stations from 10 tonight to 10 p.m. tomorrow.

Orange Line trains will be running 15 minutes late between New Carrollton and Cheverly from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

From 10 tonight to midnight Sunday, trains on the Yellow and Green lines will be running 15 to 20 minutes behind schedule between Mount Vernon Square-Convention Center and L’Enfant Plaza.

The Green Line will also have a 10-minute delay between Greenbelt and College Park from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday because of rail car tests.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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