Trial delayed for convicted murderer charged in stabbing

March 13, 2012|By DON AINES |

HAGERSTOWN — The trial of a convicted murderer charged with stabbing a Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate last year was delayed Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court after he told the judge he could not afford $50 for a public defender.

Andre Watford, 52, is charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon while confined.

He is accused of stabbing fellow inmate Larry Brown in the head, back and side on April 10, 2011, according to the application for statement of charges.

“No sir,” Watford said when Judge Daniel P. Dwyer asked him if he had made an attempt to get a public defender to represent him.

Watford said the application form for a public defender stated he needed $50, and he didn’t have the money.

“I didn’t want to owe a public defender $50 .... I’m indigent,” Watford said.

He had written a relative to send him the money, but he had gotten no response, he told Dwyer.

Dwyer told Watford that he might not be charged for the services of a public defender and that a “public defender, like any lawyer, is important to you.”

Watford was scheduled for a trial Tuesday, but Dwyer delayed it until May 3 to give him an opportunity to get an attorney.

Watford, who was interviewed after the stabbing, said in the charging documents that “I meant to kill him this morning,”

In 1976 Watford was sentenced in Baltimore City to life in prison for murder and two handgun violations, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

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