HAGERSTOWN -- A man who last week refused to testify during an attempted-murder trial appeared Tuesday morning in Washington County Circuit Court on charges of soliciting first-degree murder and intimidating a witness.
Louis Geraldo Gonzalez, 27, of 82 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, who is being held without bond at Washington County Detention Center, is accused of trying to entice someone to kill Bruce Jones, who was shot during a robbery in Smithsburg on Jan. 27.
Gonzalez originally faced 15 charges relating to the shooting, but entered an Alford plea to one count of armed robbery in September. Under an Alford plea, the defendant does not acknowledge guilt but admits sufficient evidence exists for the state to gain a conviction.
At a motions hearing Tuesday before Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, attorney John Salvatore entered a motion to strike his appearance as Gonzalez's defense counsel in the case. Salvatore said the state had submitted a plea offer, but he did not discuss the terms of the proposed plea.