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No bond in Md. researcher's killing

A Baltimore man accused in the stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins University researcher has been ordered held without bond.

Thirty-four-year-old John Wagner has a long criminal record but has served little prison time.

Baltimore District Court Judge Devy Russell denied bond for Wagner Wednesday, saying his record shows “an extreme disregard for others.”

Wagner and 24-year-old Lavelva Merritt have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Stephen Pitcairn.

Police say Pitcairn was walking home from Baltimore's Penn Station when he was robbed and stabbed in the chest. A neighbor held his hand as he died.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has called the slaying “an absolutely senseless tragedy.”

-- The Baltimore Sun

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 29, 2010; 7:59 AM ET
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some people should never have been born. this guy needs a swift death penalty. he's doing nothing for the world except harming it.

Posted by: FiatBooks | July 29, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

We should bring back Public Hangings maybe if other criminals actually saw someone die for committing Murder they would think twice before they did the same thing !!!!! The up side is we could hold the hangings in the Ravens Stadium charge admission and sell hot dogs, peanuts, ETC. and make a profit to help pay for Baltimore's jails !!!

Posted by: Klimax | August 1, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

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