Man accused in child's death is denied bail

July 12, 1991|By Keith Paul

The Anne Arundel County man charged in the death of a 6-year-old girl who got caught in the cross-fire during a shootout on a West Baltimore street Tuesday night was ordered held without bail yesterday by a Baltimore District Court judge.

According to prosecutors, Guy Bernard Wilson, 20, told witnesses that he hadn't meant to shoot young Tiffany Smith when he stood in the 1800 block of Rosedale Street and fired his 9mm handgun at another man 125 feet away.

Tiffany, who was due to enter the second grade at Edgewood Elementary School in September, stepped from the vestibule of a house and was hit in the head by a shot fired by one of the two gunmen, according to reports by witnesses.

Henry J. Wegrocki, Mr. Wilson's attorney, argued before Judge Gary H. Bass yesterday that it was unclear which of the men had fired the shot that killed Tiffany. The other man is still at large.

"Your client said he did not mean to shoot at the 6-year-old, but the fact is the little girl died," Judge Bass told Mr. Wegrocki.

Mr. Wilson of the 300 block of Jennings Road, Severna Park, turned himself in at police headquarters Wednesday.

Mr. Wegrocki said that since then his client has been cooperating with the police in their efforts to identify the other man in the shootout.

"There is an indication that the other guy fired first, and Mr. Wilson was firing in self-defense," Mr. Wegrocki said after the hearing.

Mr. Wilson, who appeared in court dressed in plaid shorts and a yellow T-shirt and was holding a yellow hat in his shackled hands, said nothing when Judge Bass denied him bail on the first-degree murder charges.

Monroe Brown, an assistant state's attorney, said that Mr. Wilson was identified as one of the shooters in the gunbattle by a witness who picked him out of a photo array.

Mr. Brown requested that no bail be set.

"Immediately after the shooting, he said to one of the witnesses that he didn't mean to shoot the girl," Mr. Brown said.

Judge Bass told Mr. Wegrocki and his client that they could file for bail review with Baltimore Circuit Court when the ballistics report comes in.

Mr. Wilson is on probation on breaking and entering charges in Baltimore County, Mr. Wegrocki told the court.

Mr. Wilson's sister, Kim, attended the bail hearing and said later she believed her brother had just been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

She said that her brother was in Baltimore visiting friends on the night of the shooting.

"We used to live around there and then we moved out to the county, and he was just back visiting friends," Ms. Wilson said.

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