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Bail reduced for shooting suspect

March 21, 2000|By BRENDAN KIRBY

A Washington County District judge Monday reduced bail for a Hagerstown woman charged in a playground shooting last week, but he made it clear he considers the charge serious.

Judge Noel Spence reduced Natalie Nicole Schroeder's bond from $250,000 to $150,000.

"I'm going to revise it down a little bit, but I'm not particularly interested in whether you make it or not," he said.

Schroeder, 18, of 212 S. Potomac St., told Spence she has filed for representation by the public defender's office and also is seeking a private attorney.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Bill Hayden said Schroeder has no prior convictions and works at Red Lobster.

Spence kept bond at $350,000 for Schroeder's co-defendant, Kevin Bell, 20, of 212 S. Potomac St.

Both are charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and carrying a weapon.

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Bell and Schroeder were being held at the Washington County Detention Center Monday night.

Randy Stephens was shot once in the leg last Thursday and was treated at Washington County Hospital.

The shooting occurred at about 4:15 p.m. behind Court No. 8 at Noland Village. The gunshots sent neighborhood children scurrying for cover.

According to documents charging Bell and Schroeder, Officer Wayne Zimmerer later that night stopped a vehicle matching the description of a Mazda van that was thought to have been involved in the shooting.

Investigators questioned Bell and a woman who were in the van at the time.

That woman told police that Bell, Schroeder and another man came to her apartment on South Potomac Street on Thursday and that Schroeder told her Bell had just shot "Riz," according to allegations contained in charging documents.

Police obtained permission from the woman to search her apartment and found a Ruger FP100 handgun with one round of ammunition, the charging documents state.

Police questioned Schroeder late Friday, and she told them she was driving a Mazda MPV on Thursday through Noland Village on her way to work when Bell told her stop.

Schroeder told investigators that Bell got out of the vehicle and fired his gun at Stephens, who was on the basketball court, according to allegations in charging documents.

Bell got back in the van and Schroeder drove to the apartment on South Potomac Street. She called Red Lobster to say she would be late for work and then got a ride to the restaurant, according to court records.

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