Bail denied for man awaiting a new trial

April 25, 1995|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

An Anne Arundel circuit judge denied Roger Lee Emory bail yesterday, ruling that because he faces drug kingpin charges it would be too risky to release him before his retrial.

Mr. Emory, 46, of the 7700 of Cox Court Point in Pasadena wanted to post bond using $90,000 in equity his mother has in the house Mr. Emory shares with his wife, Linda Emory.

Roger Emory and his brother, James Mitchell Emory, 48, were charged after a 10-month police investigation that culminated Oct. 29, 1992, when investigators raided homes, businesses and lockers and found more than 300 pounds of marijuana.

Roger was sentenced to 20 years and James to 25 years after they were convicted by a Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury of drug kingpin charges on April 19, 1993.

They won retrials Sept. 29, 1994, after the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled that Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. had erred when he allowed a state witness to tell jurors that the Emorys had used marijuana in the 1960s.

Anne Arundel County Public Defender Alan R. Friedman had argued for his Roger Emory's release at a March 23 Anne Arundel Circuit Court hearing, saying his client's age, his 26-year marriage and his lack of a criminal record before the 1992 arrest all indicated that he would appear for trial.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. Thieme disagreed, noting that Mr. Emory is broke, would be unemployed if released and could again be sentenced to 20 years without parole if convicted. He also cited the seriousness of the crime involved.

"The State's case includes allegations of a large, sophisticated clandestine organization with many contacts out of state. Large quantities of money and drugs were involved," the judge wrote in four-page ruling.

The new trial is scheduled for June 6.

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