Driver ordered held without bond after violent crime kills 2

A 28-year-old female driver who was accused of running over three victims in Baltimore, Maryland, is being held without bond after a recent bail hearing. The woman allegedly committed the violent crime on May 27 as she intentionally plowed into three pedestrians, two of which were children. She is accused of murder, attempted murder and other related crimes.

Official reports show that the woman got into an argument with an adult woman who was walking with her two children. The defendant then apparently got into her car and drove into the group. The older woman and a 2-year-old boy died in the incident. A 7-year-old girl suffered injuries in the crash.

This is not the defendant’s first run-in with the law; at the time of the fatal crash, she was apparently out on a $100,000 bond after facing charges that she attacked a pre-teen girl. That incident occurred when the woman, along with two other relatives, allegedly attacked a child who had a conflict with her daughter. Even though the woman has a child and ties to the community, she has been denied bond in this case because of the serious nature of the murder charges.

The criminal defendant in this case is facing charges in criminal court because of the existing assault charges, but she is also accused of the more serious violent crimes of murder and attempted murder. Defendants who are facing multiple offenses, such as this woman, need a different legal strategy than someone without a criminal past. This is particularly true of those who have been denied bond, as they may have limited access to legal resources while they are behind bars. An arrest for violent crimes does not mean that the defendant is automatically guilty.

Source:  The Baltimore Sun, “Woman charged with running down three is held without bail” Justin Fenton, May. 30, 2014