Man ordered held without bond in '08 harbor drowning

Defense attorney said man was accidentally pushed

September 02, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

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 ordered held without bail Thursday morning.

The decision means Wayne Black will spend the foreseeable future at Central Booking and Intake Center, and came a day after his initial bail review hearing had to be postponed when he appeared to go into shock and became unresponsive.

Police say Black, whose criminal record consists of a marijuana conviction, confessed Tuesday to shoving 22-year-old Ankush Gupta into the water, and prosecutors noted at the hearing that he did not try to help rescue the victim.

His defense attorney, Howard Cardin, said the incident was an accident, according to prosecutors. District Court Judge Askew Gatewood ordered that Black continue on a no-bail status.

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