Judge denies bail to suspect in 2 slayings

August 25, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Jason Aaron DeLong, the young Westminster man accused of killing his mother and her companion July 29, will remain in the county detention center without bond, a Carroll District Court judge ruled yesterday.

Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones denied Mr. DeLong's request to set bail, describing the defendant as a "threat to the community."

The judge said Mr. DeLong, 19, was more "culpable" than his co-defendant, Sara E. Citroni, 17, of Reisterstown in the fatal stabbings of Cathryn Brace Farrar, a 39-year-old nurse's aide, and her 35-year-old companion, George William Wahl.

The bodies were found Aug. 2 in Ms. Farrar's Westminster apartment after neighbors complained of an odor. Police said the couple had been stabbed to death days earlier.

Mr. DeLong and Ms. Citroni were arrested a few days later in Florida and extradited to Maryland.

Both teen-agers are charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder and other lesser crimes. They are both being held without bail in the Carroll County Detention Center. In denying Mr. DeLong's request to post bail, Judge Ellinghaus-Jones also noted his arrogant demeanor in the courtroom and said she feared he would flee the county if bail were posted.

Catherine Flynn, a Baltimore attorney representing Mr. DeLong, said the defendant posed "no threat to society at large" and has "no significant criminal record."

She said Mr. DeLong should be free to help prepare his case, and she criticized the state for not releasing information to help the defense prepare for trial. The judge dismissed the latter argument.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill said Mr. DeLong should not be allowed to post bail because of the "severity of the crimes."

She also charged that he fled the state, stole his mother's car and her bank cards.

Ms. Hill said that to describe Mr. DeLong as no "threat to society when he's involved in a double homicide is ridiculous."

She said he poses a "danger to the community at a young age." Ms. Hill also noted that Mr. DeLong's is a potential death penalty case.

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