Bishop Found Guilty In Porter Murder

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – Robert Lang, Barry Simms and Associated Press
A second man has been convicted of killing a Towson gas station owner in murder-for-hire plot.

Twenty-nine-year-old Walter Bishop Jr. was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old William Ray Porter in March 2010.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.

In September, 28-year-old Seamus Coyle was also convicted of murder in the crime. He has not been sentenced.

Prosecutors say Coyle conspired with his aunt, Karla Porter, to have her husband killed by Coyle’s best friend, Bishop.

Karla Porter’s trial is set for next spring.

Bishop’s trial took place in Harford County because of pre-trial publicity.

The jury took about four hours to reach its verdict.

Bishop had given a videotaped confession to police

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