The Latest: Teen suspects in fatal fair attack ruled to remain detained

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The 15-year-old delivered the fatal blow, investigators say

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Latest update (6:16 p.m.):

On Monday, the teen suspects appeared before Judge Julie Solt at the Frederick County Courthouse.

Prosecutors argued both the 15 and 16-year-old suspects should remain in custody at a Montgomery County Detention Center, citing their own safety and the safety of the public.

The teens’ parents gave emotional words before the court. They acknowledged that their sons had made a mistake but said they were good kids.

Ultimately, Judge Solt ruled for the suspects to remain detained until an adjudication hearing scheduled for October.

The Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said during a press conference Monday the 15-year-old suspect could face a manslaughter charge. They do not believe there was a specific intent to kill at this time. The 16-year-old suspect is facing a second degree assault charge. Both are expected to be charged as juveniles.

Smith said the 16-year-old first punched the man in the back of the head and the 15-year-old delivered a deadly blow to the man. He said the actions do not constitute a hate crime under Maryland law with the current information. According to Smith, interactions between the victim and two suspects began with the suspects asking the victim for a dollar.

There is no cause of death yet for the victim, identified as John Weed, 59 of Mount Airy, Maryland. Judge Julie Solt required both suspects to remain in juvenile detention for the next 30 days.

The full press conference can be viewed through WDVM’s Facebook Live:

Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith speaks on case of two juveniles charged in connection to the death of 59-year-old John Weed.

Posted by Jasmine Pelaez WDVM on Monday, September 23, 2019

Latest update (2:16 p.m.):

The two teenage suspects were denied community release during an emergency hearing at the Frederick County Court House Monday afternoon. They are in custody for the “safety of the community,” according to the judge.

Judge Julie Solt said, “This is something that happened that can not be taken back.” The parents of the suspects, who are brothers, spoke at the hearing on their behalf. The parents pleaded for their sons to be reunited and said they are both good boys who made a mistake.


Frederick County investigators and the County State’s Attorney met Monday morning to discuss the possibility of adding additional charges for the two teenage boys allegedly involved in the death of an older man at the Great Frederick Fair this weekend

State’s Attorney Charlie Smith and investigators from the Sheriff’s Office discussed whether to add charges like involuntary manslaughter or murder charges. A spokesman for Smith said there are additional charges pending.

Investigators said two brothers, one 15 years old and the other 16 years old, attacked a 59-year-old man on Friday around 5:30 p.m. The man who was attacked is identified by authorities as John Weed of Mount Airy, Maryland. According to investigators, the unprovoked attack led to Weed’s death late Saturday afternoon.

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins told WDVM the incident was a “savage attack” on Weed while he was at the fair with family.

The two suspects appeared at the Frederick County Court House for an emergency hearing at 1:30 p.m. Stay with WDVM for updates.

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