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Ward denied bond

July 18, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

A District Court judge during a bond hearing Thursday ordered that Karim Ali Ward continue to be held without bond on first-degree murder charges.

Ward, 27, whose last known address was in Frederick, Md., is charged with first-degree murder and six other charges related to the Dec. 14 shooting death of Carl Anthony Wallace, of Asbury Park, N.J., on North Jonathan Street in Hagerstown.

Ward was arrested last week in New York City. On Wednesday, Hagerstown City Police investigators returned him to Hagerstown after he waived an extradition hearing.

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Because Ward fled to New York after the Dec. 14 shooting, prosecutors consider Ward a serious flight risk, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion told District Judge Ralph H. France Thursday.

Cirincion cited two Washington County cases in which Ward was charged: a 1996 charge for conspiracy to distribute drugs and a 1998 charge for resisting arrest. Ward was convicted in both cases, Cirincion said.

She said Ward had been labeled with fugitive status in 1998 in a federal database, although she didn't know what led to his name being placed on that list.

Ward, speaking to France from the Washington County Detention Center via video conference, answered "yes" and "yes, sir" to procedural questions France asked him about the case.

Ward told France he wanted to speak with his attorney, John Corderman, before making a decision on whether to waive a preliminary hearing in District Court.

During a preliminary hearing, a judge decides if enough probable cause exists to send a case to Circuit Court.

If Ward waives a preliminary hearing, his case automatically will be forwarded to Circuit Court.

Ward also is charged with second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in a violent crime, and carrying a handgun.

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