Man charged in Inner Harbor death goes into shock at bail review

Hearing postponed for Curtis Bay man accused of shoving man into water

September 01, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A bail review hearing Wednesday for a 20-year-old Curtis Bay man charged with murder in the death of a man who was pushed into the Inner Harbor in 2008 was postponed after he appeared to go into shock.

Wayne Black, who police say confessed Tuesday to shoving 22-year-old Ankush Gupta into the water, was slumped over on a bench in Central Booking, then leaned forward out of view as District Judge Nancy Shuger asked him to stand up.

"Do you understand me?" Shuger asked. "What is going on here?"

Black was led out of the room, with Shuger saying he was "not in any shape to have a bail review." The hearing was postponed, meaning he will continue to be held without bond until a new hearing Thursday .

Black, who was 18 at the time and visited the harbor to skateboard, is accused of approaching Gupta and asking for a cigarette, then shoving him and running away. At the time, no one saw what happened, nor could the harbor's network of security cameras provide an account, and the case sat dormant for nearly two years. But police recently received a tip that Black had been involved in the death, sparking a new investigation.

Black's lone arrest was for a marijuana possession charge in 2008 in Anne Arundel County, for which he received probation before judgment.

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