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Md. Executes Man for Robbery-Murder

November 17, 1998

BALTIMORE (AP) _ A man who shot to death a woman during a carjacking and robbery that netted only $3 has been executed.

Tyrone Gilliam, 32, died by lethal injection Monday after saying of his executioners: ``Allah, forgive them, for they know not what they do.″

Gilliam and two codefendants abducted 21-year-old Christine Doerfler in December 1988, and took $3 the woman had on her.

They then forced her to drive to an automated teller machine, but were unable to get money from it. After driving to a dead-end street, Gilliam put a sawed-off shotgun to the back of Miss Doerfler’s head and pulled the trigger.

Gilliam said the killing came during a frenzied search for drug money while he was high on PCP and crack cocaine. He confessed twice to the shooting, but later blamed the confessions on police coercion and bad legal advice.

Gilliam’s codefendants, brothers Tony and Kelvin Drummond, were both convicted of murder and given life sentences.

His attorney, Jerome Nickerson, said his client was wrongly executed.

``They killed a man who was innocent of the death penalty,″ Nickerson said. ``He’s not the trigger man, and they never gave him a day in court on it, either.″

In the past week, judges in four courts refused to hear appeals. A last-minute appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and a bid for clemency to Gov. Parris Glendening were rejected Monday afternoon. Glendening said the case has been reviewed 16 times by appellate courts at the state and federal levels.

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