Lansdowne man declared competent for trial Hearing delayed on bail review

May 29, 1993|By Staff Report

A psychologist has found a Lansdowne man accused of fatally shooting his former girlfriend last week competent to stand trial.

But a District Court judge did not hold a bail hearing for Gregory Edward Byrd yesterday because his lawyer did not appear in court.

Mr. Byrd, 29, of the 1700 block of Wilson Ave., said he would wait for attorney Michael E. Kaminkow to request a new date for a bail review instead of representing himself at the proceeding. Mr. Kaminkow later said through a secretary at his office that he had not been notified of the hearing before District Judge Clayton Greene Jr.

Mr. Byrd is charged with first-degree murder in the May 17 death of Loretta Lynn Shifflett, 23, of the 7800 block of Twin Ridge Drive, Glen Burnie.

Police said that Ms. Shifflett refused to rekindle a romance with Mr. Byrd. Police allege that he shot her three times in front of her mother, other relatives and neighbors.

He is being held without bond at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

At the time of the slaying, Mr. Byrd was on probation from a theft conviction in Howard County. Court records show that the state Division of Parole and Probation considers him in violation of probation because he has not kept up restitution payments. The records show Mr. Byrd had three other convictions from 1986 to 1989 in Anne Arundel and Howard counties.

He also has failed to appear several times on traffic charges, court officials said.

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