Defendant found unable to participate in trial

September 17, 1997

A panel of potential jurors was dismissed yesterday after a Carroll County Circuit Court judge determined that the defendant, who was accused of violating a protective order to stay away from his wife, was unable to participate in his own defense.

Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. revoked a $10,000 bond on James J. Morley, 30, of Westminster and ordered that he be held at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Court records show that police said Morley went to his wife's home in Hampstead, where he allegedly threatened her Feb. 6 and knocked a pot of boiling soup from her hand on Feb. 10.

A protective order barring Morley from contact with his wife was issued Dec. 6, court records show.


Hampstead: Firefighters from Manchester and Arcadia in Baltimore County assisted Hampstead at 9: 40 a.m. Monday, responding to a dishwasher fire at Hampstead Elementary School. Units were out 20 minutes.

Hampstead: Firefighters responded at 9: 07 p.m. Monday to smoke on South Carroll Street at Shiloh Avenue. Units were out 11 minutes.

Hampstead: Firefighters responded at 11: 02 p.m. Monday to smoke in the 1800 block of Hanover Pike. Units were out 25 minutes.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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