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Bond denied in slaying case

February 10, 1998

Bond denied in slaying case

Bond was denied Monday for the man charged in the death of a Williamsport man Thursday.

Robert Ray Eckard, 20, of no fixed address, was charged Friday in the death of Samuel Lease Wolfe Jr., 59, of Williamsport. An autopsy revealed Wolfe had been strangled and sustained head injuries.

Eckard was charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, first- and second-degree assault, several counts of burglary, auto theft, and several weapons offenses.

Eckard initially was charged Thursday following a pursuit initiated by Hagerstown City Police and joined by Washington County Sheriff's Department and Maryland State Police.

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The pursuit began about 9:30 a.m. when officers tried to stop a car that had run over a curb in the West End, police said. During the chase, a sheriff's deputy was injured when his cruiser flipped.

Eckard had been held on bond on charges stemming from the chase when Wolfe's body was found 12 hours later.

The car Eckard was driving was traced back to Wolfe and when deputies went to his home at 15818 Clear Spring Road, they found Wolfe's body at the bottom of the basement steps.

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