Guilty Verdict In Murder For Hire Case

Friday, November 19, 2010 – Robert Lang

A Baltimore County jury has found an Essex woman guilty of first degree murder and two conspiracy charges in the murder-for hire killing of a Towson gas station owner in March.

The jury found Susan Datta guilty after a three day trial.  Prosecutors had alleged Datta provided the gun that killed William Porter.

No sentencing date has been set.

Porter’s wife Karla is the alleged mastermind of the killing.  Datta is her sister. reports that some of William Porter’s family were seen weeping in the courtroom as the verdict was read.

Karla Porter will face trial in April.  Walter Bishop, the alleged shooter, faces trial in June.

In September, Datta’s brother Calvin Mowers pleaded guilty to first degree murder for his role in the killing.  That same month, Karla Porter’s nephew Seamus Coyle was found guilty of first degree murder and two other charges. 

Police allege William Porter was lured to his gas station after receiving a call about a burglary at the Hess station that he owned.  He was shot as he arrived.

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