No bail in cabby killing

CRIME WATCH

June 03, 2006|By BRENT JONES

A 15-year-old boy charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Baltimore taxi driver this week was ordered held without bail yesterday by a District Court judge.

Damon Holmes, wearing a white T-shirt and green Army pants, stood and appeared indifferent as Judge Askew W. Gatewood refused his public defender's request for a $500,000 bail.

A prosecutor said in court that Holmes, who lives with his paternal grandmother and three siblings in Northeast Baltimore, had twice been convicted for burglary as a minor and has another burglary case pending. The youth had been on the equivalent of juvenile probation.

"This statement seems to suggest what is a deliberate killing of this cabdriver for money," Gatewood said, referring to the charging documents during the brief hearing at the Central Booking and Intake Facility. "I don't like handguns in the hands of anyone. I'm especially horrified with them in the hands of minors."

Holmes is charged as an adult with killing Oumar Bah Wednesday afternoon in a Northeast Baltimore neighborhood. Bah, 28, was a driver for Jimmy's Cab and had driven the suspect to Dutch Village townhouse community.

Police said the passenger got out of the taxi, retrieved a gun and returned to shoot Bah in the head during a robbery.

Court charging documents say Holmes confessed to the killing.

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