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A St. Mary’s man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday as potential jurors waited downstairs at the county courthouse for what would have been the start of his trial from a 2010 fatal shooting in Lexington Park.

Andrew Allen Carter, now 26, waved to more than a dozen people seated behind him in the courtroom as he walked toward a holding cell, to continue his detention in the county jail as he awaits a sentencing hearing in January. His lawyer said outside the courtroom that sentencing guidelines in the case recommend a prison term of between 18 and 30 years.

A gunshot fired by Carter struck Antonio Nathaniel Pollard Jr. in the left eye and went into his brain, a prosecutor said in court, during an Aug. 28, 2010, predawn confrontation at a woman’s apartment off Lexwood Court. Carter ran away after the shooting and fled to Baltimore until his arrest two days later by federal marshals, by which time Pollard, a 22-year-old Lexington Park resident, had died from his injury, St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel White said during the court proceeding.

Jason Kobin, Carter’s lawyer, said after the hearing that Carter was sleeping at his girlfriend’s apartment when her former boyfriend’s jealousy prompted a visit there by five men, and that Carter was attacked and beaten before the gunshot was fired.

jwharton@somdnews.com