Inmate found guilty of having concealed weapon
An inmate charged with hiding a seven-inch homemade knife in his pants lengthened his day in court Thursday by arguing to have his attorney removed, refusing to waive his right to a jury trial and later agreeing to have his case heard by a Washington County Circuit Judge.
On Sept. 12, 2001, Maryland Correctional Training Center officers searched Donald Matthew Duclos and alleged they found a double-edged "shank," a homemade knife, tucked into his waistband.
Duclos, who is serving a 20-year sentence for burglary, was charged with possessing a concealed weapon.
Duclos told Circuit Judge John McDowell that his case wasn't properly investigated and that potential witnesses need to be interviewed.
"I find my attorney (John Chillas) inadequate," said Duclos.
Duclos said that he wanted a postponement in order to do the necessary legwork for his case.
"I need to speak to them (other inmates) to see if they'll be witnesses. I gotta ask first because a lot are allergic to court," said Duclos.