Man charged in Inner Harbor death ordered held without bail

Suspect, 20, accused of shoving victim into water

  • Wayne Black
Wayne Black
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 comes after his initial bail review hearing had to be postponed when he appeared to go into shock.

At that hearing, 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."

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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