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Suppression hearing postponed in stabbing case

July 22, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man indicted earlier this year in connection with the attempted murder of his neighbor had what was expected to be a lengthy suppression hearing postponed Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Jason Keith Bryan, 40, of 27 S. Locust St., was indicted in April in connection with the Nov. 27, 2008, stabbing of Christopher Lynn Pepple, 30, formerly of 25 S. Locust St., according to court documents.

Pepple was found by two passers-by behind 228 E. Antietam St., according to court records.

Bryan, who has been in jail since he was indicted, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, according to court records.

There were about 10 witnesses, including several police officers, in court to testify Thursday afternoon, but Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., said the hearing probably could not be completed in the time remaining. He rescheduled the hearing for Aug. 17.

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Long also noted that results of DNA tests had only recently been turned over to Bryan's defense attorneys.

Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said the DNA samples in the case had been collected and sent to a Maryland State Police laboratory within weeks of the stabbing, but results of the tests were not returned until February due to a backlog of cases at the lab.

Bryan had been scheduled for trial on Aug. 16 and Cirincion said she will file a motion to reschedule the trial.

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