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Officer Indicted In Teen's Death Released Without Bail

Judge: Bail amount is "not a matter of leniency. It's a matter of what's fair and appropriate."

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has ordered the release, without bail, of an off-duty Baltimore County police officer indicted in the death of a Randallstown teen.

James Laboard, 32, on two counts of manslaughter in the June 13 death of Christopher Brown, 17, by a Baltimore County grand jury.

Deputy State's Attorney Robin Coffin told Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Jan Marshall Alexander that investigators did not believe Laboard intended to kill Brown. She did not recommend a bail amount.

Four officers who worked with Brown testified on his behalf, calling him a calm, responsible police officer and friend who frequently helped ease tense situations on the job.

Shaun Owens, Laboard's attorney, noted his client's long-standing ties to the area including a 7-year-old daughter for whom he is responsible for and asked for no bail.

Alexander agreed to release Labroad without bail.

"It's not a matter of leniency," Alexander said. "It's a matter of what's fair and appropriate.

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Red Dolphin June 29, 2012 at 02:07 AM
:" Martin was 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed 158 pounds at the time of his death ". thats a quote,,,,,,,,, I meant to type 170 not 179 so I was off by 12 pounds ok, I was about 152 when I foguht the punk next door who was about 170 , he had me in a head lock and when I picked him up by wrapping my arems around hislegs allhe could do then was worry about where he was going to landm his grip lossened as I slmmed him on the hood of a car, blood was allover i the next day mine........ my foreamrs were scraoed up badly from the side walk ,,,,,,,,,,,, that how it goes , you attack my family I attack you
Red Dolphin June 29, 2012 at 02:12 AM
" resposiblity, and accoutablity and its the parents fault. " quote from AL walker are you kidding Al? it's never the parents responsiblity for the teenagers , it takes a village, Al...... it take a good hard street lesson , wheres the other boys who were throwing rocks ? why dont they comne forward,,,,,,,, only brave in groups
Buck Harmon June 29, 2012 at 02:57 AM
The cop chased him down to start the wrestle...I wouldn't do that...it was pretty dumb...ask the cop now if he thinks it was dumb...
Buck Harmon June 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
No excuses for bad behavior that kills another human being Zoobie..sorry..
Tree June 29, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Buck, u obviously have no idea what it's like to be a victim or a police officer. U will be the first one to complain that the police do nothing when u r a victim. U talk like this 17 yr old did nothing and the officer just chased him down and killed him in the street. U have no idea what happened and whether or not this officer was defending himself while trying to apprehend a criminal. Yes, the kid was a criminal, and the officer had every right to arrest. It's sad what happened but if it would have been the other way around and the officer would have dies, would u feel the same? I doubt it

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