5th person charged in brawl denied bail

November 30, 2007|By Mary Gail Hare

The fifth person charged with attempted murder in the neighborhood brawl in Edgewood on Sunday that left one man paralyzed was denied bail yesterday.

After a bail review hearing in Harford County District Court, Natasha Fowlkes, 31, the mother of a 16-year-old charged previously, was returned to the Harford County Detention Center, where she had been held since her arrest on Wednesday.

A preliminary hearing for Fowlkes is scheduled for Dec. 24 on charges that include attempted second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, and two counts of assault, police said.

Fowlkes' daughter, Shamere Germany, and three other teen-age girls were charged Monday with attempted first-degree murder and other charges in the same incident, and also are jailed after being denied bond.

Police said all five suspects were among the crowd of people that formed outside the Eloise Lane home of Gregory James Simmons on Sunday evening. Baseball bats and knives were used in the ensuing skirmish that police said was a fight over a female resident's relationship with a male neighbor.

After demanding that the crowd leave, Simmons, 44, was struck on the head and stabbed in the back, police said. Simmons, who was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, is paralyzed from the waist down, his wife said Wednesday.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office has issued warrants for four others it believes were involved in the fight.

"We have the warrants, but our deputies have yet to locate the others involved," Sgt. Christina Presberry, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said yesterday.

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