FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — One of two brothers involved in an assault at the Great Frederick Fair has been charged with manslaughter.
The charges come one month to the day after the death of John Weed, 59, of Mount Airy.
A hearing was held Monday at 9 a.m., during which the charges were announced against the 15-year-old. The 15-year-old is also facing 1st-degree assault, and two counts of 2nd-degree assault.
The 16-year-old is being charged with two counts of 2nd-degree assault.
Judge Julie Solt ordered the two teenagers, both brothers, to remain in jail pending their next court appearance.
According to Frederick State’s Attorney Office, the state has filed to move both cases to adult court.
Another hearing will be held on November 19. A press conference is scheduled to held at 11:15 a.m., Monday.
“We believe that based upon that investigation additional charges are warranted against both young men and therefore we have filed new charging documents in this matter with regard to both,” said Charlie Smith, Frederick County State’s Attorney.
The 15-year-old’s charges have now been increased to manslaughter, 1st degree assault, and two counts of 2nd degree assault, and the 16-year-old will be charged with two counts of 2nd degree assault.
“One is for punching the victim prior to the deadly blow and the other is for spitting on the victim when the victim was laying on the ground,” said Smith.
Investigations revealed the teens asked the victim for a dollar. At that point, the victim said no, and a verbal altercation ensued. The defendants are accused of punching Weed in the head while following him. And a last punch by the 15-year-old caused Weed to fall to the ground, he later died at the hospital.
“Initially we did not know that the victim was going to pass away and therefore the charges placed by the sheriff’s detectives did not include manslaughter, they do now,” said Smith.
The case has gotten a lot of public input from both sides, some believe it should be handled as a hate crime – however, Smith says no hate crimes charges will be filed.
“My prayer is that we can heal, my condolences to families,” said Walter Bullock, Frederick resident.
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