Police seek to drop charge against Garris

March 12, 1996

Benjamin Scott Garris, the teen-ager awaiting a murder trial in the death of a Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital counselor, has been charged with battery in an alleged sexual offense at the county Detention Center, police and court records show.

But police said yesterday that they were seeking the withdrawal of the warrant, which was issued Friday by a District Court commissioner based on allegations by a Detention Center inmate. Capt. Brian A. Uppercue, a police spokesman, said that because it charged a juvenile with a misdemeanor, the warrant was issued in error.

The Garris youth, of Frederick, is charged with first-degree murder in the October stabbing death of Sharon Edwards.

Pub Date: 3/12/96

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