Officer's case on trespassing charge delayed

April 05, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Howard County District Court judge delayed the peeping tom case against county police Detective Francis Mort yesterday, saying it needed to be specially set in front of an out-of-county judge.

Mort, 33, of the 6300 block of Ducketts Lane, Elkridge, was charged with two counts of trespassing in late January after two residents of an Elkridge apartment complex called police to say they had seen a man peering into windows.

Officers who responded Jan. 26 said they saw Mort walking out of a building in the 6300 block of Orchard Club Court, according to charging documents. One of the callers identified Mort as the man she saw looking into an apartment window, the documents show.

Attorneys said the case is expected to involve 12 witnesses and take at least a half-day, and yesterday's docket in front of Judge Neil Edward Axel was full.

During a brief court appearance yesterday, Axel said the case would be continued because of the size of the docket and to set the case before a non-Howard County judge out of "an abundance of caution."

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