Daniel Eugene Binick, who was returned to Baltimore from Utah in April charged with a murder that happened 13 years ago, has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge during an arraignment in Circuit Court.
Judge Edgar P. Silver ordered bail to remain at $250,000, despite arguments by Binick's attorney that his client could not raise that amount and was trustworthy enough to remain free without bail while awaiting his Sept. 27 trial.Binick lived for the past 12 years in Salt Lake City under the name Jerry LaBeau. His attorney, Howard L. Cardin, said Binick had established a stable family life there, had strong ties to the community and had voluntarily turned himself in to face the charges.
Binick is accused of the shooting death of East Baltimore bar owner Walter P. Seborowski during a robbery in 1975.
But assistant state's attorney Mark Cohen argued that Binick surrendered only after he learned that the FBI knew his whereabouts and planned to arrest him.
"He knew there was an open warrant for his arrest since Feb. 16 and made no effort to turn himself in until March 14 after the FBI had told a friend they were about to arrest him," Cohen said. "Before that he was not about to say, `Here I am."'
Jim Lombard, a friend of the defendant from Salt Lake City, said he and another friend who is a policeman discovered a 1976 arrest warrant for Binick.
"There was never a confession. He just wanted to clear the warrant up and asked if I would check it," Lombard said. "There's a cloud that needs to be cleaned up and that's what he's doing."
It was apparently through Lombard's policeman friend, who checked the national crime computer to see if Binick was a fugitive, that the FBI discovered his whereabouts, Cohen said.
Binick was being held at the Baltimore City Jail late Thursday.