Father is charged in attack of man son was accused of shooting in '01

January 14, 2003|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

First he was shot, in 2001. Then, 11 days ago, James Kenan had his throat slit - allegedly by the father of the man charged in the shooting.

"We believe the possibility exists that the cutting from Friday night is related to a prior shooting," said Baltimore police Lt. John Bevilacqua.

Kenan, 22. was released yesterday from Union Memorial Hospital.

In the most recent attack, in the 2700 block of Harford Road, police arrested Dell Harrison, 39, of the 1700 block of Carswell St. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and concealing a deadly weapon and was held without bail yesterday.

In November 2001, Kenan was seriously wounded by gunshots in the 2500 block of Garrett Ave., police said. Dominic Harris, 21, also of the 1700 block of Carswell St., was charged with attempted first-degree murder. Harris is Harrison's son, authorities said.

Charges against Harris were dropped Sept. 11, after Kenan failed to show up for a scheduled trial date and later declined to talk with prosecutors.

Margaret T. Burns, spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office, said last night that prosecutors received calls over the weekend from a high-ranking police official asking that prosecutors push for no bail - or a high one - against Harrison.

"Numerous calls were made to prosecutors ... ," Burns said. "Police also called the district courthouse and ... our prosecutor at Central Booking."

Bevilacqua did not respond to a call seeking comment on why police showed special interest in the case.

Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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