Opening Statements Made in Pizzeria Murder Case

Lawyers for the State's Attorney's Office and defendant Vincent Ethan Bunner, 18, presented their cases to the jury Tuesday afternoon.

The number of assailants with guns is the central disputed fact in the case of one of the four men accused in a Glen Burnie man’s November 2010 murder at Mr. Wings & Pizza.

Lawyers presented their opening statements Tuesday afternoon at Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in the case against Vincent Ethan Bunner 18, of the 100 block of Dunlap Road in Pasadena. The prosecution stated only Bunner and one other suspect possessed guns and were the ones who shot Misael Flores in a robbery gone bad.

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Assistant public defender Michele M. Cinque countered that all four men arrested in the incident possessed guns and the only witness to the crime, a then-17-year-old clerk at the pizza shop, cannot confirm who fired the fatal shots.

“We’re not disputing the fact that he was there,” Cinque said. “He was there to rob the store. He was there to ‘get some money.’ But that was it. … No one in the store can say who shot Misael Flores and where the shot came from.”

Casandra Buruca, 18, who was working her first shift at Mr. Wings & Pizza that night, testified she knew Bunner from  and, even though his face was partially covered the night of the incident, she recognized him as soon as he demanded money. She and Flores were friends and Buruca said he came to chat with her during her first night of work.

“I thought the gun was fake. I thought [Bunner] was messing around. So I looked at him and smiled and told him to [leave],” Buruca said.

After some words were exchanged, Buruca said she continued to take orders. She looked down, heard a shot and when she looked up the four suspects had run away.

Over the course of two weeks in November 2010, ; Shawn Anthony Johnson, 19, and , 20—both of Glen Burnie; and Charles Butler, 18, of Brooklyn Park with the first-degree murder of Flores.

According to online court records, Bunner is also charged with first-degree assault; armed robbery; two counts of handgun use in a felony/violent crime; wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun on his person; conspiracy to commit armed robbery; possession of a regulated firearm and ammunition while under 21 years old.

The murder occurred Nov. 12, 2010, when Flores was shot in the upper body during an armed robbery inside the pizza shop on the 7600 block of Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. He was transferred to , where he was later pronounced dead. He would have turned 21 the next day.

According to police, four teens entered Mr. Wings & Pizza shortly before 9 p.m. that night and announced a robbery. Police said Flores was standing near a female store employee when the suspects entered. Both Flores and the employee told the teens to leave the store at which point one of them shot Flores and fled.

Bunner and Johnson are also , 48, of Glen Burnie. He was a  clerk. Police announced the arrests in that case in December 2010. Mr. Wings & Pizza is a little more than a mile from the 7-Eleven where Attia was killed.

Maya T. Prabhu March 22, 2012 at 02:40 AM
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