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Ruling: Insufficient evidence against Hagerstown teen charged with armed robbery

July 22, 2011

A judge in Washington County Juvenile Court has found a Hagerstown teenager was not involved in a convenience store robbery for which he was originally charged as an adult.

Dennis Steven Marshall Jr., 16, had been charged as an adult with armed robbery, robbery, reckless endangerment and firearms violations in a Feb. 20 holdup at Nadia's Convenience Store at the corner of North Prospect and West Franklin streets.

Judge Daniel P. Dwyer granted a defense motion to transfer Marshall's case to juvenile court following a hearing in June. That was followed by a two-day adjudication hearing in juvenile court, Assistant Public Defender Loren Villa said.

Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., sitting as a juvenile court judge, ruled on July 6 that there was insufficient evidence that Marshall had been involved in the robbery, Villa said.

Another teenager, Eric Shaquille Baymon, 18, of Hagerstown, also was charged in the robbery. Dwyer ruled last month that Baymon — who was three days short of his 18th birthday at the time of the robbery — should be tried as an adult.

A Hagerstown police officer on patrol on the night of Feb. 20 saw two males in the parking lot of Nadia's, one of whom appeared to be pointing a gun at the head of the owner, according to the charging documents.

The males ran and police detained Baymon and Marshall later that night, the documents said.

Baymon is awaiting trial, according to court records.

— Don Aines

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