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2008 trial set for brothers charged in father's death

October 19, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Two brothers charged with second-degree murder in the April death of their father, who died as a result of what investigators alleged was neglect, were scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Washington County Circuit Court.

Kenneth Allen Record, 62, and Gerald Wolford Record, 46, did not appear for the arraignment, however, because attorneys have filed paperwork indicating the men are represented.

A January 2008 trial date has been set for the case.

The men were being held Thursday at the Washington County Detention Center, each on $750,000 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

Robert Charles Record Sr. was found in his home in March, tied to a chair with a dog leash. He died April 5 from complications of dehydration, bedsores and an existing heart condition. The Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore ruled his death a homicide.

Kenneth Record and Gerald Record were indicted in September in their father's death.

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Kenneth Record's attorney, Richard M. Winter, filed paperwork requesting a jury trial in his client's case. Jerome Joyce of the Office of the Public Defender represents Gerald Record.

A three-day jury trial is scheduled for both men in January 2008, according to court scheduling information.

About five months before his death, Robert Record was admitted to Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital, which contacted the Department of Social Services about his condition after releasing him to Beverly Healthcare in Hagerstown.

Record was released to his sons from Beverly Healthcare on Feb. 15. The Record brothers requested that their father be released to them, according to paperwork filed in Washington County Circuit Court.

Lt. Mark Knight of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said in September that it appeared Robert Record was kept tied to a chair when his sons weren't home.

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