An Anne Arundel County District Court judge faces potential suspension from the bench after denying a protective order requested by a Glen Burnie man two months before his death.
Court records show that the deceased 22-year-old man had petitioned the judge to approve his request for a protection order from his neighbor. He said that he feared that he would kill him.
At a hearing in the matter, the decedent highlighted how he’d been subjected to repeated threats of violence and stalking at his neighbor’s hands. In one instance on Feb. 16, the victim had apparently returned home and was told that he “knew this day was coming.” It’s then that his neighbor reportedly made a sign with his fingers mimicking an individual’s throat being cut.
Police were summoned to the scene and documented the incident. Soon after that, the victim was successful in getting a temporary court order put in place. It prohibited his neighbor from contacting or abusing him. Even still, the judge apparently didn’t find the decedent’s fears to have any validity. He soon reversed that order because the victim had apparently not met his burden of proof.
Within two months, on April 15, the petitioner was found dead from gunshot wounds in the stairwell at Colonial Square Apartments.
Police arrested the 53-year-old man who the decedent had attempted to take the protection order out against for his death. His arrest came after officers spent 10 hours trying to negotiate for him to surrender to police. The county’s Special Operations Response Team ultimately had to enter and take him out after he refused to leave his apartment.
He remains in jail where he was booked on reckless endangerment, first- and second-degree assault and murder charges and using a firearm in a felony violent crime charge. It’s unclear when the next hearing in the matter is scheduled for.
When we hear about protective orders, we often hear about them being filed by one individual in a domestic relationship against another. They’re often filed to stop violence from occurring in the home. Those who live at Maryland apartment complexes may find themselves equally threatened by their neighbors. In either instance, an attorney can help you take the steps necessary to make you feel safer in your environment.