Jason Anthony Bulmer (19) and his girlfriend Morgan Lane Arnold… (This photo was taken from…)
Counselors and psychologists will be on hand at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City on Monday as students return for the first school day since two classmates were charged with killing well-known Howard County blogger Dennis Lane.
The county school system will provide the support for students and staff who may be upset over the slaying Friday and the first-degree murder and conspiracy charges against Jason Anthony Bulmer, 19, and Morgan Lane Arnold, Lane's 14-year-old daughter.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family and everyone affected by this terrible tragedy," Rebecca Amani-Dove, a spokeswoman for the school system, said in an email.
The two teenagers, who were held without bail over the weekend, are expected to receive a bail review hearing in District Court on Monday. Wayne Kirwan, a spokesman for the Howard County state's attorney's office, said such hearings are typically conducted via a video hookup to the county detention center in Jessup.
Arnold, who has been charged as an adult, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 24, while Bulmer faces a similar proceeding June 7, according to court records.
Police and prosecutors had little new to say Sunday about the stabbing death of Lane, 58, at his brick-fronted single-family home on Winding Ross Way in the hills above downtown Ellicott City.
A woman at the home declined to comment Sunday, as did a man who answered a knock on the door of Bulmer's unit in the Town and Country garden apartment complex.
Morgan Arnold's mother, Cindi Arnold, declined to comment when reached at her Catonsville home.
"I will make a public statement soon when I determine it is in the best interest of my very fragile special-needs child and her alleged role in this devastating situation," Cindi Arnold said.
The two young suspects were found at the scene after the predawn Friday slaying — with blood on Bulmer's hands and clothes, police said.
According to police, the two teenagers decided to kill Lane after discussing the plan through "electronic communication" over the past two months.
Police said the motive remains unclear but alleged that Arnold left a glass sliding door open so that Bulmer could slip into Lane's home about 4 a.m. Friday. Police alleged that Arnold encouraged Bulmer to stab her father and said the two planned to run off together.
Lane worked as a commercial real estate agent and was known for his writing on the "Tales of Two Cities" blog, in which he frequently discussed Howard County issues. According to a business associate, he owned his Taylor Village home with his fiancee.
Court records list both Bulmer and Arnold as 5 feet 2 inches tall, but in a photograph, Bulmer appears to be several inches taller than his girlfriend.