Bail lowered for girl held in shooting 29-year-old man waives hearing

November 03, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

Articles published in The Sun Tuesday and in some edition Wednesday incorrectly identified the home community of Mark Phillip French, who is charged with shooting a Baltimore County police officer. His address is in Essex.

* The Sun regrets the error.

Mark P. French, accused of shooting Baltimore County Officer James E. Beck three times Sunday morning, waived his right to a bail review hearing yesterday, but his alleged accomplice appeared in District Court and saw her bail reduced to $75,000.

Heather Lynn Kendall, 17, an 11th-grader at Dundalk High School, had been on a no-bail status. She and Mr. French, 29, both of Dundalk, are charged with attempted first-degree murder, robbery and using a handgun.

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They are accused of robbing a man, then shooting Officer Beck when he pulled them over for questioning. Mr. French was the gunman, police say.

A prosecutor suggested lowering Ms. Kendall's bail to $75,000.

DTC At first a tearful Ms. Kendall said she wished to remain silent. Then she asked quietly, "It can't be any lower?"

When Judge A. Gordon Boone Jr. asked why he should reduce it any further, she said, "The charges that are held over me, most of them are not for me anyway."

Judge Boone refused her request, calling the state's offer "generous."

Officer Beck, who was shot twice in the chest and once in the left shoulder, remains in critical but stable condition at the

Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Asked what she would say to him, Ms. Kendall replied, "I hope he makes it. I hope he lives."

As of last night, Ms. Kendall remained in the Baltimore County jail.

Officer Beck was shot just after 3 a.m. Sunday in the 8500 block of Pulaski Highway in eastern Baltimore County.

He had pulled over a brown-and-black Ford pickup truck suspected in an earlier robbery and was approaching the rear of the vehicle when the driver reached out the window, fired four to five shots, then sped away, police said..

Ms. Kendall and Mr. French were arrested about 6:30 p.m. Monday, after informants told police they were hiding in a home in the 1500 block of N. Bethel St. in East Baltimore. Police also recovered a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol believed to have been used in the shooting.

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