Man charged in attempted murder held without bond

June 08, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

SHARPSBURG - A background check of a Hagerstown man charged with attempted murder in a June 5 bar fight failed to turn up a prior criminal record, according to a background check done by the Washington County State's Attorney's office.

Paul David Justice, 34, will continue to be held without bond by Washington County District Court Judge Noel Spence who reviewed the case Tuesday.

"There is potential for a life sentence in this case," said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion.

The incident Saturday at the Mad Dog Saloon near Sharpsburg left another man hospitalized with a fractured skull from a blow by a pool cue, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Justice also is charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment, deputies said.

Thomas Eugene Lewis, 40, of Germantown, Md., was listed in fair condition Tuesday at Washington County Hospital. He was admitted in serious condition Saturday.


The incident occurred around 9:48 p.m. at the 2405 Harpers Ferry Road bar. Deputies were told that a man used a pool stick to hit another man in the head and neck.

The assailant also hit a woman standing nearby on the wrist with the stick, witnesses told deputies.

Frances Louella Hutchinson, 55, of Sharpsburg, was treated at the scene by paramedics, police said. Several of the charges are related to the attack against her.

The assailant fled the scene Saturday night.

Justice was taken into custody the next day at his home.

Justice appeared Tuesday by videotape from the detention center. He asked to be given bond.

"I'm the sole support of my family," Justice said, noting that includes an infant. "I have a really good job."

He said he came to Hagerstown three years ago from Princeton, W.Va., where he worked in a coal mine.

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