Bail set in school shooting Judge orders youth held on $150,000

February 27, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

A District judge yesterday set bail at $150,000 for the 14-year-old boy accused of wounding a Roland Park Elementary/Middle School police officer during a shooting incident at the school Monday.

The suspect, Peter E. Adams, has been charged as an adult with first-degree attempted murder, use of a handgun in commission of a crime and possession of controlled dangerous substance on school property. Police recovered a .22-caliber Beretta and a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine at the shooting scene, according to charging documents.

The officer was shot after discovering that the Adams youth had a beeper. A state law aimed at thwarting drug dealers prohibits students from carrying beepers in schools.

District Judge Mary Ellen T. Rinehardt followed the recommendation of a pretrial officer who requested $150,000 bail because of the seriousness of the crime and the risk that the Adams youth would not appear for trial.

Judge Rinehardt voiced concern that the accused teen-ager be placed in the juvenile section of the Baltimore City Detention Center away from the adult population.

"A 14-year-old should certainly not be kept there" with the adults, Judge Rinehardt said. A preliminary hearing is set for March 26.

The Adams youth sat handcuffed to seven other defendants. When the pretrial officer asked young Adams if he was on probation on rape and harassment charges, he said, "Yes." After the hearing, the boy's father, the Rev. Hubert Adams, 43, of the 600 block of McCabe Avenue, said he could not afford bail. But he said he was pleased his son wouldn't be housed with adults. "I agree with that. . . . He's still a minor."

Mr. Adams said he is an assistant pastor at Christ Tabernacle in the 1400 block of McCulloh Street. He also said Peter already was serving two years' probation for rape and 18 months' probation for harassment charges.

He said his son attended Western Middle School when he was placed on probation for an incident involving a 14-year-old girl.

Charging documents said the shooting occurred after an altercation between the Adams youth and another student. Officer James Kelly detained the Adams youth in the school's security office and they struggled after he discovered that the youth had a beeper. The pistol discharged during the struggle.

Officer Kelly is in fair and stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

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