From the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office:
State’s Attorney Joe Cassilly announced that a 35 year old murder case had finally ended in a guilty plea. Bryan Quickley had been charged in October of 1979 with the murder of Clarence Miller during an armed robbery at Miller’s store in Edgewood, Maryland.
Quickley had been convicted of the murder in 1980, but a new trial was ordered in 2013 after the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that the jury instructions used during trial were defective. The State’s Attorney had appealed that ruling but trial was scheduled to begin on 7 October 2014. Hours before trial, Quickley plead guilty before Judge Stephen Waldron to first degree felony murder and armed robbery, he was sentenced to life in prison with 50 years to serve dating back to 1979 with the rest suspended. Quickley will be on 5 years supervised probation upon release.
Cassilly complimented Assistant State’s Attorneys Douglas Dolan and Cameron Legg for the hard work that resulted in the successful outcome. “The real challenge was that several witnesses had died and many more had no recollection of their testimony,” said Cassilly, “and most of the evidence had been destroyed. Had they gone to trial much of the testimony would have been read to the jury from the transcripts of the original trial and the jury would have been shown photos of the evidence.”
Dolan said he had spoken to the victim’s grandson who was relieved to hear that a plea had been reached.