The bail review hearing for Christopher H. Lentz was today, Friday November 14 in the District Court for Harford County. Lentz appeared view telecast from the Harford Detention Center. He was in a wheelchair, had a large scar on his forehead, a severally bruised right eye socket, and numerous cuts and abrasions on his recently shaven-bald face. The Public Defender stated that Lentz’s jaw was wired shut, that his eye socket was broken, that his knee was broken, and that he had numerous other broken and fractured bones.
The Public Defender further stated that because of his injuries and ties to the community, Lentz was not a flight risk and that bail should be reduced to $50,000. The approximately 75 people packing the court room murmurred “no” to the request, with evident disquiet.
It was also stated that Lentz is 37 years old, is a Perry Hall High School graduate, and has been living “with his folks” for four years, since he was divorced.
Lentz covered his forehead and broken eye socket with his hand while the prosecuting attorney described the accident scene and Lentz’ previous record. She stated that Lentz had 8 previous charges and 4 convictions for various charges including theft, heroin use, and distributing marijuana. Of more concern, she stated, was that Lentz had been in an accident earlier that day and that his driving record was poor. From the quick list the attorney read, Lentz’ driving record began when he was 19. He had a speeding ticket in 1990, a ticket for driving on a sidewalk in 1991, a ticket in 1992 and one in 1993, four convictions in 1994, ticket in 1999 and 2000, a DUI in 2004, and two convictions in 2005.
The crowd applauded when the judge ruled that Lentz would be denied bail.