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Judge sets $1 million bond for man charged in shooting

September 26, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

A District Court judge on Wednesday set bond at $1 million for a Hagerstown man charged with shooting another man.

At the end of a preliminary hearing, District Judge R. Noel Spence ruled that there was probable cause for the case against Sean Reuben Barnes to be sent on for prosecution in Circuit Court.

Defense attorney John Corderman asked Spence about setting bond.

Spence said the defense didn't file a motion for bond, which gives the prosecution a chance to respond.

He added that Corderman wouldn't like the bail amount, anyway.

"I'm going to set it at a million dollars, if you want me to set a bond," Spence said.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Robert Veil said he had no objection.

Corderman told Spence that he might file a motion to have the bond lowered.

Barnes - who is charged with two counts of attempted murder, among other counts - had been held without bond since the July 28 shooting on West North Avenue.

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At the time, Hagerstown Police identified the victim as Kenny Jones of Hagerstown and said he was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was treated and released.

Police now say that the victim's name is Vaughn Walker and that Kenny Jones was an alias he used.

Barnes was charged in July with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and five other counts.

Hagerstown Police Detective George Brandt testified Wednesday that when police responded, they saw the victim run west on West North Avenue and the shooter run after him.

Officers caught the gunman at West North and Sumans avenues and a 9 mm handgun was found on the ground nearby, Brandt testified.

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