Home detention drug use gets Spicer jailed as he awaits new trial in beating

Defendant tested positive for cocaine and opiates, county jail documents say

February 02, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Brady G. Spicer, who is awaiting retrial next month in the near-fatal beating of a popular Annapolis restaurateur, has been returned to the Anne Arundel County jail for using illegal drugs while on house arrest.

Spicer, 43, tested positive for cocaine and opiates, according to jail documents filed with Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. Judge Clayton Greene Jr., who placed Spicer on home detention in October, ordered him jailed Jan. 19.

Spicer's attorney declined to comment.

Spicer's case was widely publicized last year when a witness admitted that he had lied and a federal appeals court overturned Spicer's conviction, ruling that it was tainted by the actions of county prosecutors.

Spicer has maintained that he is innocent of beating the manager of Armadillo's restaurant at City Dock. He was convicted in 1992 and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Ten years ago, Francis "Bones" Denvir was in his upstairs office at the restaurant when he was attacked from behind.

His head was smashed with liquor bottles and he was left unconscious. Denvir said he did not see who beat him.

Spicer's new trial is scheduled for March. Hearings will be held next week.

Spicer has also requested a hearing on the home-detention violation.

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