- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 19, 2007

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two men were convicted yesterday of drug conspiracy and firearms charges in a case in which the bodies of two persons were found in the trunk of the car one of the men was driving, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

James Moore, 43, of Andrews, S.C., and Walter Babbs, 37, of Greensboro, N.C., were found guilty by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute 11 pounds or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, and conspiracy to possess and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Moore also was convicted on two counts of use of a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime in the fatal shootings of Willie Anthony Robinson and Alexandria Angeline Withers.

The jury was not able to reach a verdict on those counts in Babbs’ case.

According to evidence presented at trial, from September 2002 to August 2004, Moore and Babbs conspired to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. Mr. Robinson had provided the drugs to Moore and Babbs since January 2003.

On Nov. 6, 2003, Maryland State Police stopped a car driven by Moore on Interstate 95 in Cecil County for a traffic violation. Troopers found the bodies of Mr. Robinson and Miss Withers, who had been fatally shot a day earlier, in the trunk. The car had been stolen from Mr. Robinson.

From Nov. 7, 2003, to March 2004, calls were made to and from Babbs’ cell phone and the Cecil County Detention Center where Moore was being held. In early 2004. Babbs provided a conspirator with crack and cash, which was used and distributed in Maryland.

Babbs faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison for conspiracy to distribute 11 pounds or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, and Moore faces a maximum life sentence on the same count.

Moore and Babbs face a maximum of life in prison for possession of a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, and Moore also faces a maximum penalty of life in prison for use of a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime. Both face 20 years in prison for conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Sentencing was set for July 26.

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