Charges Dropped In Kidnapping Case

December 15, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Craigg "Chicken" Wallace is on a winning streak in the county courts.

Last week, the Harford State's Attorney's Office dropped a kidnapping charge against Wallace after the alleged victim recanted his story.

Wallace was scheduled to stand trial on the kidnapping charge before Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill on Monday, but before the proceedings began the alleged victim recanted what he told Havre de Grace police about the March 30 incident.

The dropped charge comes two weeks after the 22-year-old Aberdeen man was released from the county Detention Center because prosecutors failed to indict him for attempted murder within the required time.

In the most recent case, prosecutors also dropped kidnapping charges against two co-defendants from Aberdeen, Timon D. Kornegan, 19, and Jerome L. Quickley Jr., 18.

"(The victim) was the case against all of them," said prosecutor Assistant State's Attorney Joseph P. Meadows. "Either he's lying to the police or he's lying in court."

Wallace and the co-defendants were accused of kidnapping David L. Jones from his Havre de Grace home and taking him to Darlington. The victim said he was able to escape from his captors, according to police reports.

Kornegan was charged with additional counts of false imprisonment, maiming, assault and battery for striking Jones with a baseball bat, police said. Those chargesalso were dropped.

On Dec. 9, District Court Judge Lawrence S. Lanahan dismissed a charge of attempted murder against Wallace because the defendant was not indicted in Circuit Court within 30 days after his preliminary hearing.

Wallace, who was being held on $50,000, had his preliminary hearing on Nov. 1. He was accused of striking a Havre de Grace man on the back of his head with a chair leg on Sept. 1.

But Wallace isn't out of the woods yet.

Prosecutors are investigating the Sept. 1 incident to determine if charges will be refiled against Wallace.

Wallace has a third case pending in District Court, on charges of possession of cocaine, court records state. He was scheduled for trial on Thursday, but the case was postponed.

Wallace was released from the Detention Center earlier this year after serving a four-year sentence for assault with intent to murder.

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