Bail denied in hammer attack

Carroll resident charged with injuring former wife

January 04, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A District Court judge denied bail yesterday to a Carroll County man who had gone to West Virginia after his former wife was attacked with the claw end of a hammer on New Year's Eve.

Anthony Thomas Hughes Sr., 37, who is charged with attempted murder, assault and burglary, "is a severe threat to public safety and to the safety of the victims," Judge Louis Becker said in denying bail.

Hughes' former wife, Ellen M. Redifer, 39, who was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, suffered a stroke that is likely to leave her blind in one eye, Carroll County Deputy State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore told the judge during the bail hearing.

Hughes also is accused of using the hammer to injure a neighbor who came to Redifer's aid and of attempting to run over with his vehicle Redifer, their teen-age daughter and the daughter's boyfriend Tuesday evening outside the woman's Westminster-area home.

Gilmore said Hughes should be held at the county Detention Center to await trial because he previously threatened his daughter and Redifer, and because he fled after the incident. He was arrested early Wednesday in Martinsburg, W.Va.

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