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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Trial for Md. man charged in son's death

By Associated Press

A judge has rejected a plea deal for a man accused of throwing his 3-year-old son off the Francis Scott Key Bridge, calling it “too light.”

Judge George Russell admonished lawyers in the case of Stephen T. Nelson for coming to court unprepared for trial. Prosecutor Julie Drake told Russell that both sides had told their witnesses not to come to court in anticipation that the plea would be approved.

Russell sent the case to another judge, Charles Peters, for trial. Attorneys could be heard discussing the plea deal during a bench conference with Peters. They discussed a guilty plea to second-degree murder, which carries a maximum 30-year sentence.

By Associated Press  | November 29, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Comments

Second degree? It takes forethought to walk your kid to a bridge and throw him off of it.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 29, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

1st Degree Murder....Nothing more, nothing less.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 29, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Good job to the judge for rejecting a soft plea offer. I only wish the same would happen in DC.

Posted by: DWash30851 | November 29, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The punishment should fit the crime. He should be thrown from the bridge...3 times. One for each year his son lived!!!

Posted by: Gooddad | November 29, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse


Why would he ever be allowed to be free ever again?

Posted by: kenk33 | November 29, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Not only does the 3 year old victim not have decent representation, but the AP wire service denies him the respect of printing his name.

Posted by: MissV | November 29, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a judge who takes his job seriously. Bravo!

Posted by: jennjen | November 29, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

all aboard the lethal injection train please...

Posted by: adamblawrence | November 30, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Sentence his to death. What kind of human being kills their own healthy 3 year old? Thanksfully, we have at least one sane judge.

Posted by: neil64 | November 30, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Sentence him to death. What kind of human being kills their own healthy 3 year old? Thankfully, we have at least one sane judge.

Posted by: neil64 | November 30, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

For several years now there has been a serious rise in parents fatally harming their children!I honestly pose the question: WHERE IS THE LOVE??!!Something needs to be done to diminish this escalating and alarming problem,that we see yet choose to ignore until after the fact.After the crime is committed,after the terrible deed hits the media,after the sentence is handed down and the door to the prison cell is shut.Case closed.Not hardly!Not until the next horrible crime against an innocent child by the person who is supposed to love and protect them!I say now who then will protect the child from this very sad atrocity.
I've heard it said that some people should not be parents.Seeing this escalating assault on children submerge over a period of time I am truly inclined to believe it.
As the saying goes look before you leap...
parents need to think before they act.If you don't want the child,for whatever reason,take them to a relative,neighbor or friend. A hospital,church,shelter or community center is a much better choice than killing YOUR CHILD!!
Wake up America.Come to the aid of"The Children"This growing fatal assault knows no race,religous or social boundary.It's time to get our heads out of the sand and open ours eyes to the true and sad reality
that we face at this very critical hour.
Reach out!Speak up!For the numbers are rising in child related deaths by their troubled parents."An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Prison should be a last alternative.Inter
vention can make a world of difference.
However,for the man who threw his son off
the bridge it is too late.He now should be
sentenced to life for the precious life he so easily took.Truly.

Posted by: nacherok55 | November 30, 2010 3:46 AM | Report abuse

For several years now there has been a serious rise in parents fatally harming their children!I honestly pose the question: WHERE IS THE LOVE??!!Something needs to be done to diminish this escalating and alarming problem,that we see yet choose to ignore until after the fact.After the crime is committed,after the terrible deed hits the media,after the sentence is handed down and the door to the prison cell is shut.Case closed.Not hardly!Not until the next horrible crime against an innocent child by the person who is supposed to love and protect them!I say now who then will protect the child from this very sad atrocity.
I've heard it said that some people should not be parents.Seeing this escalating assault on children submerge over a period of time I am truly inclined to believe it.
As the saying goes look before you leap...
parents need to think before they act.If you don't want the child,for whatever reason,take them to a relative,neighbor or friend. A hospital,church,shelter or community center is a much better choice than killing YOUR CHILD!!
Wake up America.Come to the aid of"The Children"This growing fatal assault knows no race,religous or social boundary.It's time to get our heads out of the sand and open ours eyes to the true and sad reality
that we face at this very critical hour.
Reach out!Speak up!For the numbers are rising in child related deaths by their troubled parents."An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Prison should be a last alternative.Inter
vention can make a world of difference.
However,for the man who threw his son off
the bridge it is too late.He now should be
sentenced to life for the precious life he so easily took.Truly.

Posted by: nacherok55 | November 30, 2010 3:48 AM | Report abuse

For several years now there has been a serious rise in parents fatally harming their children!I honestly pose the question: WHERE IS THE LOVE??!!Something needs to be done to diminish this escalating and alarming problem,that we see yet choose to ignore until after the fact.After the crime is committed,after the terrible deed hits the media,after the sentence is handed down and the door to the prison cell is shut.Case closed.Not hardly!Not until the next horrible crime against an innocent child by the person who is supposed to love and protect them!I say now who then will protect the child from this very sad atrocity.
I've heard it said that some people should not be parents.Seeing this escalating assault on children submerge over a period of time I am truly inclined to believe it.
As the saying goes look before you leap...
parents need to think before they act.If you don't want the child,for whatever reason,take them to a relative,neighbor or friend. A hospital,church,shelter or community center is a much better choice than killing YOUR CHILD!!
Wake up America.Come to the aid of"The Children"This growing fatal assault knows no race,religous or social boundary.It's time to get our heads out of the sand and open ours eyes to the true and sad reality
that we face at this very critical hour.
Reach out!Speak up!For the numbers are rising in child related deaths by their troubled parents."An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Prison should be a last alternative.Inter
vention can make a world of difference.
However,for the man who threw his son off
the bridge it is too late.He now should be
sentenced to life for the precious life he so easily took.Truly.

Posted by: nacherok55 | November 30, 2010 3:50 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you nacherok55... This guy didn't all of a sudden decide to do this. Where was the rest of the family? Where were the friends? The judge should throw the book at him and then some!

Posted by: metwo1 | November 30, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you nacherok55... This guy didn't all of a sudden decide to do this. Where was the rest of the family? Where were the friends? The judge should throw the book at him and then some!

Posted by: metwo1 | November 30, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Any person that can harm their own child has no business on this earth!!!!! I know times can be tough and problems arise but there is no defendable reason to harm or kill your child, hell anyone to that matter. What disgusts me more is that the lawyers have no moral fiber and want to plea this out (to save time and work on thier part)... congrats on a judge that saw right thru this... thank you... the next step is to save time and money and just fry this bastard... oh yeah, we dont have a death penalty in MD!!!!!

Posted by: rvanags | November 30, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

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