After 11 months in jail, man cleared in stabbing

May 29, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A 36-year-old Edgewood man was acquitted of attempted murder and other related charges late Thursday after a Circuit Court jury deliberated about eight hours.

Kevin Rondell Glenn of the 400 block of Meadowood Drive had maintained he acted in self-defense after being taunted with racial slurs and threatened by a group of whites armed with large sticks. Mr. Glenn is of Hispanic and black ancestry.

Mr. Glenn had been held at the county Detention Center since June 17 because he was unable to post a $100,000 bond.

The victim, Christopher James Walker, 23, formerly of the 500 block of Meadowood Drive, was treated for six days at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Evidence showed he had lost four pints of blood from a stab wound in his left shoulder.

Mr. Walker, who now lives in Joppa, testified that he went to the defense of some neighborhood children who told him Mr. Glenn had been bothering them.

"I told him [Mr. Glenn] that if he wanted to fight, take me on," Mr. Walker said.

The victim claimed that Mr. Glenn ran home and returned with a knife that he hid behind his back. He said that when Mr. Glenn appeared to be pulling a weapon he picked up a stick to defend himself.

Mr. Walker said Mr. Glenn then rushed at him and stabbed him.

Mr. Glenn's testimony differed greatly. He said he was confronted by Mr. Walker and left the scene.

He said he returned later to retrieve some cat food that he had dropped earlier. He said he liked to feed the stray cats in the woods. A confrontation ensued between him and Mr. Walker, resulting in Mr. Walker's being stabbed.

Prosecutor Diana A. Brooks, an assistant state's attorney, called Mr. Glenn's story ludicrous.

The incident occurred June 15, 1993 in an small wooded area between the townhouses of Meadowood and Harford Square.

The jury was deadlocked on a charge of assault. Ms. Brooks said the state would not prosecute Mr. Glenn again on that charge.

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