Judge postpones Gardner hearing until Oct. 1

July 11, 1999|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A hearing to determine whether the trial of a 16-year-old Laurel boy should be moved to juvenile court was postponed Friday until Oct. 1.

Patrick S. Gardner was indicted as an adult on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and use of a handgun in a felony stemming from the December shooting death of Donald R. Mitchell, 43, at a North Laurel apartment.

Gardner is accused of trying to shoot another man, Donovan O. Bowen, after someone else killed Mitchell on Dec. 10, police said. Gardner's gun jammed, police said.

Gardner's defense attorney, R. William Hale, said his client has never been in trouble and shouldn't be tried as an adult.

"A different standard should be applied to young people," Hale said. "Our main thing is that he's 16 years old. He's from a good background, a good family. He has a lot of potential."

Hale said that Bowen told authorities two different stories and once accused another defendant in the case, Kevin A. Lee, 20, of Severn, of trying to shoot him.

Assistant State's Attorney Keith Cave did not object to the delay ordered by Judge Raymond J. Kane. Hale sought the postponement because he had forgotten to request an examination of Gardner's background by state officials to help his client's case.

On July 1, a Howard County grand jury indicted Randall Bagley, 22, of Portsmouth, Va., on a murder charge in the death of Mitchell.

Pub Date: 7/11/99

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