Judge denies bail for suspect in Sullivan Ave. shooting Three others remain jailed with high bonds

December 18, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Saying the facts surrounding Wednesday's shooting in Westminster "sounded like a massacre," a Carroll County judge ordered one man held without bail and set high bonds on three co-defendants.

District Judge JoAnn M. Ellinghaus-Jones rejected bail for Michael C. Blow, 18, of Milford Mill in Baltimore County after prosecutor Brian L. DeLeonardo said Blow and another defendant are accused of entering a Sullivan Avenue apartment with guns drawn and shooting two occupants, a man and a 17-year-old boy.

Ellinghaus-Jones agreed with the prosecutor that Blow was not entitled to bail because he has involuntary-manslaughter charges pending in Baltimore County.

Blow and Dion W. Echols, 22, of Pikesville are accused of opening fire in the apartment, shooting through a bathroom door, DeLeonardo said.

The injured man, who has not been identified by police, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with neck and back wounds, he said.

The teen received a minor wound when a bullet ricocheted off the floor and struck him in the buttock, police said.

Ellinghaus-Jones ordered Echols held in lieu of $250,000 bail. DeLeonardo had requested a $1 million bond, noting that Echols has reckless-endangerment and handgun charges pending in Baltimore County.

Malcolm K. Epps, 20, of Randallstown and Nicole S. Luby, 18, of lTC no fixed address were each held in lieu of $100,000 bonds. DeLeonardo said Epps and Luby are believed to have remained in a waiting car.

Neither has been arrested previously, he said.

Each defendant was charged on 15 counts, including two counts of attempted first-degree murder; three counts of first-degree assault; three counts of second-degree assault; and one count each of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, first- and fourth-degree burglary, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and wearing or carrying a handgun.

Soon after the shooting, police obtained a warrant to search two rooms at a local motel and arrested the suspects there after finding suspected marijuana with a $200 street value.

A search behind the Sullivan Avenue apartment uncovered 5 ounces of suspected crack cocaine with a street value of $10,000, police said.

Pub Date: 12/18/98

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