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October 19, 2010

Judge denies bond to man in police killing

As the city prepares for another police funeral, a District Court judge ordered the 25-year-old man charged with killing an off-duty Baltimore police detective held without bail. Sian James is charged with hurling a fist-sized chunk of concrete at Det. Brian Stevenson during an argument over a parking space in Canton.

James, the suspect, is at far left in his mug shot. Officer Stevenson is at the right.

The Sun's Justin Fenton was in the courtroom Monday when James had his first bail review, and about all the public defender could do was ask for a lower bail and say his client worked at a Jiffy Lube before the judge made it clear he wasn't going to entertain such thought.

Justin's article details the suspect's criminal record: 

James, who was born in Jamaica, has no prior convictions, though he was out on bond after being indicted in July on charges that he attempted to rape his ex-girlfriend after storming into her apartment. The woman had alleged months of abuse and filed for two protective orders.
The 18-year veteran of the police force had gone out Saturday night to eat dinner with a friend the night before his 38th birthday.
Posted by Peter Hermann at 7:47 AM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Courts and the justice system, Southeast Baltimore

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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