Bond denied to man who held wife hostage

December 26, 1997


Staff Writer

The 46-year-old Cavetown man who held his wife, and police, at bay with a shotgun Tuesday in a Smithsburg bakery was denied bond Christmas Eve by Washington County District Court Judge Ralph France.

David William Trumpower told France he didn't want an attorney or a preliminary hearing.

When told he could get a public defender if he couldn't afford a private attorney, Trumpower said, "I think I'll pass.''

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Joe Michael informed France that Trumpower had violated two court protection orders that he stay away from his estranged wife.


"On Oct. 19, he said he was going to take care it,'' Michael said, meaning that he was planning to take some action regarding the disintegration of his marriage.

And as Michael pointed out, that prediction of tragedy was narrowly averted Tuesday.

Trumpower spoke briefly about his state of mind Tuesday.

"I just felt I had to sacrifice myself for the better (sic) of my family. I'd be out of the way,'' Trumpower said.

When France denied bond, Trumpower agreed with the judge's decision.

"I think no bail is best,'' Trumpower said.

Also, he turned down a preliminary hearing and continued to shun any offer of representation from an attorney.

Tuesday evening, Trumpower refused to answer questions when taken before a bond commissioner. He was taken back to the Washington County Detention Center to await Wednesday's appearance before France.

The siege at Hadley Farms bakery ended peacefully at about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday after Trumpower said he wanted to see his sister and his two children, Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades said.

He had released his estranged wife, Deborah Trumpower, at about 10:30 am. that day, six hours after the drama began.

David Trumpower was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment and criminal trespass.

He also faces two weapons charges, including carrying a shotgun with intent to injure and having an illegally shortened shotgun.

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