08 Nov Man charged with assault and weapons offense in Maryland
On behalf of Jack B. Rubin, PA posted in Weapons Crimes on Friday, November 8, 2013.
Over two months ago, on Aug. 18, a woman was stabbed in Dorchester County. Fortunately, she survived her ordeal and is said to be recovering and in good condition. On Oct. 25, the woman’s estranged boyfriend was brought back to Maryland and charged with assault and a weapons offense.
Specifically, he was charged with two counts of assault, one first degree and one second degree, one count of reckless endangerment and one weapons charge. He was incarcerated in lieu of bail, which was set at $1 million. The preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for Nov. 18.
The accused man was living in Boston when he was extradited back to Maryland. The circumstances surrounding the stabbing incident were not detailed in a media report, but authorities apparently believed that enough evidence exists to warrant the extradition of the woman’s former boyfriend. No information was given as to why it has taken authorities this long to make an arrest in this case.
Depending on the factual circumstances surrounding this stabbing, prosecutors may be forced to rely upon the statement of the alleged victim. This can be problematic since the woman’s recollections and/or motives for blaming her former boyfriend could be called into question. If there were no other witnesses to the claimed incident and any physical evidence found at the scene does not conclusively link the accused man to the crime, reasonable doubt as to his guilt may be a logical conclusion. A thorough review of any physical evidence and statements will likely play a central role in this man’s defense to the assault charges and the accusation of a weapons offense.
Source: wboc.com, Cambridge Man Charged With Stabbing Estranged Girlfriend, Mitra Zolfaghari, Oct. 28, 2013