Prosecutors want the 17-year-old charged in the murder of a legally blind Bel Air man earlier this month to be tried in the Circuit Court for Harford County, Deputy State’s Attorney H. Lewis Scott said Monday.
Donnell Graham waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Harford County District Court. His request was presented to Judge Mimi R. Cooper by Assistant Public Defenders Thomas Ashwell and Eric Macdonell in a brief hearing Monday morning. Scott said he intended to file a request Tuesday to indict Graham on state charges and try him in the higher court. A trial date has not been set.
Graham was transported to the district courthouse from the Harford County Detention Center, but was not present in the courtroom. Two women and three young children, believed to be members of Graham’s immediate family, sat quietly in the back of the courtroom during the hearing. Both women declined to comment on their relation to Graham after leaving the courthouse.
Graham faces five charges in the Aug. 5 stabbing death of Patrick Ward, 29, of Bel Air. Police said Ward encountered Graham during an attempted robbery, while other sources said the incident was the culmination of ongoing conflict between Ward, his neighbors, and his neighbors’ friends, which include Graham.