A county Circuit Court judge has refused to jail a Delaware man who is accused of violating his probation by filing a false report that led to his former girlfriend's arrest.
Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. said Friday that he would not decide whether William Edward Kennedy, 35, of Harrington, Del., violated his probation until after the case receives a full hearing, which he scheduled for March 10.
Prosecutor Michael Bergeson argued that Mr. Kennedy was a threat to Cathy Rone, 27, of Linthicum, his former girlfriend.
Mr. Kennedy was placed on five years' probation in November after he was convicted of assaulting Ms. Rone. He was forbidden have any contact with her under the terms of the probation.
But prosecutors said he has put his new girlfriend up to harassing Ms. Rone. Police suspect that Reba Macklin, the new girlfriend, made several phone calls to Ms. Rone.
Last week, Ms. Macklin told Delaware State Police that Ms. Rone tried to shoot her. Ms. Rone was arrested Feb. 11 on charges of attempted murder. She was freed five hours later, after proving that she was at work in Linthicum at the time of the alleged shooting in Delaware.