HAGERSTOWN -- A man who engaged police in a 45-hour standoff at a Hancock motel in August requested Tuesday morning in Washington County District Court that his case be forwarded to circuit court for a jury trial.
James A. Prevatt is charged with threatening arson by use of an explosive device and other crimes in connection with the Hancock incident, during which he told police he would kill a hostage.
Police have said that Prevatt's girlfriend, 21-year-old Rene Reynolds, was "complicit" during the hostage situation, depicting herself as a hostage. She also on Tuesday requested a jury trial.
Both are from Moncks Corners, S.C., but Prevatt has lived in Hagerstown.
Following a brief hearing, Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael spoke with witnesses involved in the case.
Maryland State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department have an open investigation involving Prevatt and Reynolds in connection with a series of crimes in Western Maryland, Michael said.