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
Washington Post Editors
July 29, 2010; 7:59 AM ET
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