From the Office of the State’s Attorney for Harford County:
Joseph I. Cassilly, State’s Attorney for Harford County, announced that this morning 12 March 2012, Donnell Graham, 18, of Bel Air, Maryland, plead guilty to one count of Murder in the first degree for the killing of Patrick Ward, 29.
On August 5, 2011, The Harford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 962 Redfield Road, Apartment H, Bel Air, Maryland. When the deputies arrived at that location, they found the victim in his apartment with multiple stab wounds. Mr. Ward was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. As a result of the investigation, Graham was arrested and charged. Graham was 17 years and 6 months at that time. Graham was indicted for the murder. The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant State’s Attorney H. Scott Lewis.
The plea was taken before the Honorable William O. Carr of the Circuit Court. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered. The sentencing is currently scheduled for May 23, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Carr. The Defendant faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The Office of the State’s Attorney for Harford County would like to thank the Harford County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and dedication in conducting the investigation that resulted in the arrest of Graham and to the citizens who came forward to assist the police.