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Trial in shooting continued

August 31, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - The trial for a Hagerstown man charged in a March 25 shooting that injured a Greencastle-Antrim High School basketball player was continued Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Raymond Garfield Campbell III, 19, faces charges including attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of Gregg Hamms. Conviction on a charge of attempted second-degree murder carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

Court documents allege that Campbell met Hamms at the 7-Eleven on Salem Avenue and followed him to the 900 block of Lanvale Street, where he fired several shots from a handgun, striking Hamms in the legs.

Hamms had five wounds, police said in March.

Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler requested the continuance Thursday.

Hamms recently started his first year of college in Iowa and was unavailable for the trial Thursday, she said.

Assistant Public Defender Jerome J. Joyce opposed the continuance.

"My client has been sitting in jail for months," he said.

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Pauler and Joyce presented a plea agreement to the judge Wednesday. Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley said he didn't want to accept the plea.

During a July court appearance, Campbell refused to accept a plea bargain offered by Pauler in which he would have pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and served less than 10 years in prison.

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