Judge denies request to move teen

Boy held in killing can't go from jail to juvenile facility

January 05, 2007|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,Sun reporter

A Howard County Circuit Court judge denied a request to move a Columbia 15-year-old accused of fatally shooting a teenager last year to a juvenile facility.

Monti Mantrice Fleming, who turns 16 next week, has been held at the Howard County Detention Center without bond since his arrest in August in the fatal shooting of Shawn Edward Powell, 18, of Columbia, during a fight Aug. 27 at a Hickory Ridge apartment complex. Fleming is charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun violations.

Fleming also faces attempted-murder charges in an Aug. 22 incident in which a man was shot in the leg during a confrontation.

During a court hearing Wednesday, Joseph Murtha, defense attorney for Fleming, argued that his client is not receiving the proper education while in solitary confinement at the detention center. Howard County school officials have said Fleming was enrolled at Homewood Center before his arrest. Before being enrolled at the county school for troubled youths, Fleming had spent time as a student at Oakland Mills High School.

Assistant State's Attorney James J. Dietrich argued that Fleming poses a safety risk to others at a juvenile facility. He referred to the charges against Fleming, including a juvenile charge of armed robbery from an incident that took place a week after Powell's death.

Fleming's next court date is on March 12, when a judge is scheduled to rule whether Fleming's murder and attempted murder charges should be transferred to juvenile court.

tyrone.richardson@baltsun.com

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