Hearing delayed in fatal shooting

September 15, 2006|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,SUN REPORTER

A preliminary hearing for the Columbia 15-year-old charged in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Columbia man last month was postponed at his attorney's request for an investigation to determine whether the case could be transferred to juvenile court.

Joseph Murtha, defense attorney for Monti Mantrice Fleming, made the request during the less-than-10-minute session in Howard County District Court yesterday morning.

With the request, Murtha said, the state's Department of Juvenile Services will conduct an investigation of Fleming's history in the court system. The department would then determine whether the charges should be transferred to juvenile court.

Fleming, of Owen Brown, is charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun violations. He is accused of fatally shooting Shawn Edward Powell of Harper's Choice during a fight Aug. 27 in an apartment complex in Hickory Ridge.

Fleming also faces attempted-murder charges in an Aug. 22 incident in which he is accused of shooting a man in the leg during a confrontation.

Fleming, who was dressed in a gray prison-issued jumpsuit, did not speak yesterday in court, other than to whisper a few words to Murtha and acknowledge, with a nod, relatives who were in the courtroom.

Fleming is being held without bond at Howard County Detention Center. His preliminary hearing is rescheduled for Sept. 27.

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