Drowning try suspect released on bail Neighbors pulled victim from pool

June 22, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

A Glen Burnie man accused of trying to drown his neighbor in her swimming pool was released on bail yesterday and ordered to remain on house arrest until his trial.

Charles Leonard Adams Jr., 36, of the 100 block of Queen Anne Road was charged with assault with intent to murder Sunday after witnesses told police they saw him push Kimberly Reinhardt, 27, into the pool and hold her head under the water, according to police charging documents.

During a bail review hearing yesterday, District Judge Michael E. Loney agreed to reduce Mr. Adams' bail from $2.5 million to $50,000.

"All reports indicate that there was a lot of confusion at the scene," said George Lantzas, Mr. Adams' lawyer. "We don't know who was doing what. We have heard different versions from different people."

Mr. Adams' relatives said after the hearing that Miss Reinhardt was an epileptic and that he was trying to help her because she was having a seizure.

Police said neighbors pulled Miss Reinhardt out of the pool shortly after 2:30 p.m. and began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived a short time later. She was in critical condition yesterday at North Arundel Hospital.

Miss Reinhardt's family had no comment.

According to police charging documents, Mr. Adams threw Miss Reinhardt into the pool and then jumped in after her, police said.

Miss Reinhardt began screaming and telling Mr. Adams to stop, according to the charging documents. Miss Reinhardt's mother began screaming, and a neighbor pulled Miss Reinhardt from the pool and called police, according to the charging documents.

Mr. Adams was apprehended by police as he was trying to climb over a nearby fence, according to charging documents.

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