Nephew guilty of murder

January 17, 2009

COURTHOUSE — A jury rejected a Maryland man’s insanity claim and determined he intentionally shot his aunt to death in a Towamencin apartment.

Yeshtila Awoke Ameshe, 35, an Ethiopian immigrant who lived in Adelphi, Md., showed no emotion as the Montgomery County jury convicted him of charges of first-degree murder and possessing an instrument of crime in connection with the 8 p.m. June 27, 2000, fatal shooting of his aunt, Haregewene Bitew, a 60-year-old licensed nurse from Silver Spring, Md., who, along with Ameshe, was visiting the Dock Village apartment in Towamencin. –More–