Officer's bail set at $100,000

January 29, 1991

Bail for Carl William Morris Jr., a suspended Baltimore police officer charged with murder and child abuse in the Jan. 20 death of his 19-month-old son, Christopher, was set at $100,000 yesterday by a Howard County judge.

Prosecutor W. William Cookson wanted Officer Morris held without bail and filed a motion after yesterday's hearing asking District Judge James N. Vaughan to reconsider his decision. Mr. Cookson said he was concerned about three other children living at the Morris residence in the 6400 block of Barchink Place in Columbia.

He also noted that Officer Morris faced a charge of assault with intent to disable in Prince George's County. Under state law, Mr. Cookson said, a defendant who is charged with two serious crimes is not eligible for bail on the second alleged offense.

Afterward, Mr. Cookson said the state law on bail was not raised at yesterday morning's hearing because "there was some question whether the defendant had been served with the indictment in Prince George's County. Since the hearing, we have found that he was served, which should result in the provision in state law to kick in and revoke his bail."

The prosecutor said Officer Morris' family was trying to raise the bail but had not done so as of late yesterday.

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