Trial of Harford man accused of killing Port Deposit man set for July

William Roland also charged with shooting and wounding estranged wife


A Harford County man charged with first-degree murder in connection with a double-shooting in Port Deposit earlier this year remains jailed in Cecil County while he awaits trial this summer.

William Gary Roland, 57, of the 1500 block of Galaxy Drive in Street, allegedly shot and wounded his estranged wife, Eileen L. Roland, 56, of Edgewood, and shot and killed her boyfriend, Timothy S. Hammons, 48, during an altercation with the couple on the evening of Jan. 7 that took place in Mr. Hammons' home in the 200 block of Craigtown Road in Port Deposit.

Gary Roland, an employee of the Harford County Department of Public Works, tried to kill himself afterward but did not succeed, according to Maryland State Police who investigated the crime.

Roland, indicted on Jan. 16, is charged with first- and second-degree murder, attempted first- and second-degree murder and felony use of a firearm in a violent crime. He has been held without bail at the Cecil County Detention Center in Elkton since being arrested following his discharge from the hospital.

A trial date for Roland has been set for July 15 in Cecil County Circuit Court in Elkton, beginning at 9:30 a.m., according to Maryland electronic court records. Roland, who is represented by James Close of the Office of the Public Defender, has requested a jury trial.

Criminal motions are scheduled to be argued on May 29, according to the court records, with a pre-trial conference scheduled for June 29 at 9 a.m.

Cecil County State's Attorney Edward Rollins III has entered his appearance as prosecutor in the case.

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