Po­lice: Teen so­licited mur­der of PG judge

So­cial-me­dia posts could bring life term

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - BY AN­DREA NO­BLE

A 16-year-old Bowie teen was in­dicted on charges he tried to so­licit the mur­der of a Prince Ge­orge’s County judge who presided over his court case, prose­cu­tors said Thurs­day.

Gar­rett Alexan­der Bai­ley has been charged as an adult and could face life in prison if found guilty of mak­ing the threats, which po­lice say were posted on the teen’s on­line Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts.

In court doc­u­ments filed in the county’s cir­cuit court, po­lice said Mr. Bai­ley made threats against Prince Ge­orge’s County Cir­cuit Judge Her­man C. Daw­son, ask­ing on his Twit­ter ac­count if any­one wanted $1,000 to kill the judge.

The on­line threats were made on Feb. 2, three weeks af­ter Mr. Bai­ley pleaded “in­volved” to fourth-de­gree bur­glary and theft un­der $1,000 in ju­ve­nile court be­fore Judge Daw­son, ac­cord­ing to the court doc­u­ments. In ju­ve­nile court, plead­ing in­volved is the equiv­a­lent to plead­ing guilty as an adult.

Of­fi­cers from the Bowie Po­lice Depart­ment sought out Mr. Bai­ley’s so­cial­me­dia ac­counts af­ter they were tipped off anony­mously about the on­line threats.

Quot­ing from Mr. Bai­ley’s Twit­ter ac­count, which was rid­dled with pro­fan­i­ties and spell­ing and gram­mat­i­cal er­rors, po­lice said the teen wrote an­grily about Judge Daw­son and im­plied he had a gun.

“My strapp has a body on it al­ready some­ones goin down,” po­lice quoted Mr. Bai­ley as writ­ing.

Po­lice also said Mr. Bai­ley’s so­cial­me­dia ac­counts con­tain pho­tos of him car­ry­ing a gun in his waist­band.

Mr. Bai­ley was in­dicted on one count of so­lic­i­ta­tion to com­mit mur­der, four counts of threat­en­ing a state of­fi­cial, two counts of mis­use of email, one count of wit­ness in­tim­i­da­tion and one count of ob­struc­tion of jus­tice. He is be­ing held with­out bond at the Chel­tenham Youth de­ten­tion cen­ter and is due in court for an ar­raign­ment in April.

Nei­ther an at­tor­ney listed in court doc­u­ments as rep­re­sent­ing Mr. Bai­ley nor Judge Daw­son could be reached Thurs­day evening.

In court records, po­lice said Judge Daw­son re­quested ex­tra se­cu­rity for him­self un­til the mat­ter was re­solved.

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