Teen To Await Trial Behind Bars

July 28, 2009|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

An Anne Arundel County judge has turned down a defense request to let the younger of two teen-agers charged with killing another Crofton teen live with an aunt in Delaware while awaiting trial in September.

Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis said Monday that while she understood his family's wish to have him home, she agreed with prosecutors who argued that there was no reason to move the 14-year-old out of a juvenile facility where he has been since his arrest on a charge of manslaughter in the May 30 death of Christopher David Jones. Juvenile services workers can arrange for the completion of dental work started before his arrest, the judge said.

The youth and Javel Marqueth George, 16, both of whom lived within a few blocks of the victim, are accused of delivering fatal punches to Christopher, who was on his bicycle near his house when assaulted. George is scheduled to be tried as an adult on manslaughter and related charges in October.

The 14-year-old, whose name is not being published by The Baltimore Sun because he is to be tried as a juvenile, looked somberly at his parents as he was led in handcuffs from the courtroom.

"At least you get to see yours leave," Jenny Adkins, Christopher's mother, said to them as she and her family, some of whom wore buttons that bore Christopher's picture, left the courtroom.

In the corridor, she said it was important for her to attend Monday's brief hearing.

"My son is dead, and he can't speak anymore. He needs me to speak for him," she said. Nodding toward the courtroom, she later said, "My son is in a coffin buried six feet deep because he chose to put him there."

Police said they have tied the crime to youth gangs. They said they believe Christopher was not in a gang but had acquaintances who were, and that he was beaten because he had said something about one or more people in a rival gang.

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