Stokes tested positive in routine drug test

May 26, 2002|By Ariel Sabar | Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF

Dontee D. Stokes, the man charged with shooting a Catholic priest he had accused of sexual assault, tested positive for marijuana last week while under home confinement at his aunt's residence, law enforcement sources said yesterday.

Public safety officials gave Stokes the routine drug test Monday, three days after a judge placed him under house arrest while awaiting trial for the shooting two weeks ago of the Rev. Maurice J. Blackwell.

Marijuana can stay in the body for as long as 30 days, and it is unclear when Stokes had last used the drug, law enforcement officials said. A judge will decide what, if any, consequences Stokes might face.

Leonard A. Sipes Jr., a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said that new information about Stokes would be given to a judge Tuesday.

"Until the court is formally notified, we cannot confirm or deny" that Stokes tested positive for marijuana, Sipes said.

Stokes, 26, is accused of shooting Blackwell on May 13 near the priest's Baltimore home. Stokes told police that he shot Blackwell in anger over the priest's refusal to apologize for sexually abusing him over a three-year period.

Sun staff writer Kate Shatzkin contributed to this article.

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