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Murder Charges Dropped, State's Attorney Blames Sheriff

Russell Scott Laderer and Cassandra Glover were headed to trial in the stabbing death of Jeremiah DeMario.

Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry Barnes dismissed charges against a couple accused in the stabbing death of a Hampstead man in September 2010, saying fault lies with the Carroll County Sheriff's Department.

The trial was set to begin Monday, March 12.

Barnes said in a court document that the sheriff's department made errors in the murder investigation that made prosecution nearly impossible.

"...We have reached a point in this case wherein we can no longer legally or ethically overcome the consequences of unconstitutional police procedures utilized in the investigation of these cases, that have resulted in this Court's rightful suppression of the evidence necessary to proceed," Barnes said in a court document.

The sheriff's department declined comment regarding its conduct in the homicide case, saying that all inquiries were being addressed by the county state's attorney's office. The county state's attorney's office declined further comment.

However, in court documents, the prosecutor's criticism of the sheriff's department was scathing.

"The damaging law enforcement conduct that has deprived our office of the evidence required to proceed with these cases was both avoidable and inexcusable, casting an unfortunate cloud over law enforcement in this county that will long be remembered by all, especially the public at large," Barnes said.

Barnes pointed out procedural and decision-making errors on the part of the Sheriff's Department during the murder investigation that would hinder the prosecution.

"This disastrous course of conduct began with the Sheriff's Department's foolish, ego-driven rejection of the Maryland State Police offer of full assistance in the investigation as well as a willful failure to call our office [State's Attorney] for legal advice," Barnes said.

On Sept. 13, 2010 Jeremiah DeMario of Hampstead was stabbed to death in his apartment building. Neighbors Russell Scott Laderer and Cassandra Lynn Glover were implicated.

According to court documents, Laderer was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and carrying a weapon with intent to cause harm. Glover was charged with obstructing a police officer and accessory after the fact.

In the document Barnes submitted to the court, he concluded with the statement, "There is no statute of limitations on this homicide and we will work tirelessly to ultimately secure justice and some degree of closure of this tragic event."

I. DeFeo March 30, 2012 at 05:18 PM
The troopers do not attend the same academy as other law enforcement in Maryland. They use some of the same facilities for training and may even overlap, but their training is through the Maryland State Police. It is separate.
JB March 30, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Yzzzi, if I can't speak intelligently I wont speak. The Maryland State Police and Sheriff both train at the sykesville training academy for 6 months as set forth per MPTC aka maryland police training commission. Their training expertise is parallel. If you don't believe me all you have to do is look at the sheriff and state recruiting page for 2 minutes.
Steven R. Ramalski March 30, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Major JB .... you have to be with the CCSO bc only a corrupt cop would say such a stupid thing like using your Crime Lab to track an IP address. Besides they'd write the address down and give it to Kasten who would have to contact the sherrif bc he has no idea what he is looking at and they would store it in their desks until you came along looking for it.....then they'd say they didn't know you needed it for your corrupt adventure to find a blogger that is speaking the TRUTH. Also, I looked at a number of websites about the training academies you speak of and no they are not trained the same. The state trooper academy is ranked as one of the most difficult in the state and they stay there for six months or so. I think they call this residental. The deputies are in a college atmosphere style academy and they go home each day. Look it up Major JB.....LOL!
I. DeFeo March 30, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I stand corrected on the 6 mo. for both, however, I still see the MSP training as more intensive because of the requirements during the week of living on campus and being involved from when they get up until they go to bed - there's also a heavy physical training aspect. The training for those other law enforcement agencies who use the facility seems to be thorough from what I see from MPTC's web site. I still believe MSP trains much more thoroughly and intensively.
JB March 30, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I am former State police and deputy. Now I'm just a civilian with a bigger paycheck. But I don't have a dog in this fight. Once again, the training is parallel. Staying overnight doesn't make you a better cop. And it's a huge convenience for a family man to be able to go home each day. Thanks for your resume' mr ramalski. Glad to see wackenhut is guarding town mall safely.
Native March 31, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Easy Buck, just tugging on your chain there buddy!
romeo valianti March 31, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Today , Commissioner Shoemaker states that he is 100% for the Sheriff's department stands by the Commissioners directive when they made the Sheriff' the primary law enforcement agency for Carroll County. I dont want to get into a law squabble with Commissioner Shoemaker but I do know this, That the Sheriff is elected the same way as the Commissioners and the only thing the Commmissioners has to do with the Sheriff is provide them with a reasonable budget period. Now if the Commissioners want to establish a Carroll County Police agency, they must go through the state legislature . No way can the Commissioners name the Sheriff as the primary law enforcement agency in Carroll County . They are already the primary law enforcement the day the Sheriff was elected .
JB April 03, 2012 at 04:20 PM
UPDATE : "States Attorney Jerry Barnes is lying scum". Fact 1. Jerry testified that the ego driven sheriffs office didn't reach out to his office for help. Fact 2. Detective epperson contacted the states attorney's office immediately. Fact 3. Jerry testified he found out about the case in the Sunday paper. Fact 4. The murder didn't show in the paper until wednesday. Fact 5. Sheriff Tregoning briefed Jerry Barnes the day of the murder. Fact 6. This is why the carroll county times are demanding telephone records from the county. Fact 7. Jerry Barnes spent so much effort using a personal vendetta to vilify the sheriffs office that he perjured himself. Fact 8. I knew this all along. The states attorney needs to share EQUAL blame in the laderer and bowling brook case for mishandling.
Native April 03, 2012 at 05:59 PM
"Only a fool would enter their real name in cyber space." Thanks JB, I'm glad you feel the same as me. Now maybe Buck will leave this issue alone & realize it has nothing to do with insecurity.
Native April 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Now Buck, didn't you learn anything from JB?
Donnie Schulzhoffer April 03, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Yzzzzi must have family in the State Police or maybe is a Trooper herself...who knows! But I will tell you this I will take Detective Epperson a real cop from a real police department over the State Police. I mean, I respect MSP they are excellent in traffic enforcement, have an excellent major crash unit, they have nice uniforms and cool hats...Plazio! Tregoning, Long and several more of the top brass with CCSO are former MSP they would know...but then they were Troopers in the 1970's. But maybe if we had Buck,Iacono and that "Tard" Ramalski as our county coppers we all be a whole lot safer. They could post comments to the bad guys from the safety of their own homes or they could get together watch a new episode of CSI and then they could come up with a new gadget to catch the bad guys through science. My last thought...these dedicated Deputies are not paid the best, don't have the best equipment and are way understaffed but still show up everyday and do the best job they can with what they have. I am sorry for that families loss, justice will eventually be served and thank you Deputies for the job that you do in keeping this county very safe and thank you " Buck Harmon " for keeping the bathrooms clean at the Westminster Wal Mart.
I. DeFeo April 03, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I'm not in law enforcement, but I've gotten to know a few officers in the last few years in different jurisdictions, and most of them are professional and dedicated. They take their jobs and responsibilities seriously. There are always a few who aren't so good - hopefully they get weeded out quickly. And there are times when an officier makes a mistake. I don't know if I could do what they do, but the fact is that we are better off not judging a whole group negatively based on the actions of a few. People are throwing out insults like crazy, and it doesn't do anyone any good. Like I wrote before, I hope that they take care of this mess and take steps to ensure that something like this doesn't happen again. We need to feel secure about the people we depend on to protect us and investigate crime.
Native April 03, 2012 at 10:18 PM
"and thank you " Buck Harmon " for keeping the bathrooms clean at the Westminster Wal Mart." LOL, that's funny right there.
Kym Byrnes (Editor) April 03, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Buck, it would probably be easier if we speak over the phone because I am not sure exactly which posts you're upset about. I deleted several comments on this chain, from several users. Patch has a policy that states comments should not be threatening, should not personally attack other commenters (including name-calling), etc... Unfortunately, some people make a very good point in a comment and then call someone an inappropriate name in the same comment and I cannot edit a comment -- it all stays or it all goes. Please feel free to call me to discuss specific posts and if I am the one who deleted them, I can explain why. 410-504-9565.
Kym Byrnes (Editor) April 03, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Buck, Buck, Buck. I appreciate the passion and fervor you bring to the conversations on Patch. That said, I want people of all ages, shapes, sizes, backgrounds to come to Patch and be able to feel comfortable joining in on a conversation. If the conversations stay on topic and people are respectful of each other, then peace and harmony in our small town will prevail, right? But if we digress to name calling and foul language and personal attacks and threats, then the merits of an intelligent conversation go down the toilet. I know I would be embarrassed if a 7th grader doing a civics class project found this article and read it and saw adults threatening to beat each other up and calling each other d***head. It's not about the people who use an alias, it's about all the other folks that come to Patch to learn about issues and find out what's happening in the community. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, you do very often make good points.
Native April 04, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Buck, don't argue with the editor, she has the hammer (delete button)!
JB April 04, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Fine Kim, I'll try to be nice. I've seen 6 articles about perjury regarding the sheriffs office and only one hinting at Jerry Barnes. What gives?
Kym Byrnes (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 02:27 AM
JB, do you mean 6 articles on Patch or in local media in general? And thanks for the effort to be nice :) I hear you and will pull together information for an update on this topic. Thanks for your thoughts.
JB April 04, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Oh my mistake, I assumed patch correlated with the Carroll county times. I don't know how this site works lol. I was gonna leave one comment but then I got sucked in. But I feel special talking to the author. Can I have your autograph? Haha
Kym Byrnes (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 03:33 AM
The beauty of Patch--readers have direct access to the editor, and can get autographs when behaving appropriately in the comment section :) Patch is not affiliated with any print publications. We are online only and although we are owned by AOL, editorial decisions are made at the hyperlocal level (meaning right here in our own little burg). There are 52 Patches in Maryland and close to 865 across the country. I will say, in regards to reporting, that Brett Lake at the Times has done a good job staying on top of the Sheriff/State's Attorney conversation.
romeo valianti April 04, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Kim, I know Brett Lake to be honest , intelligent and a great accurate news reporter. I hope he stays with the Times Newspaper.
Sandra Beynon May 06, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I do not live in Maryland. I live down on the redneck riviera, the land Anthony and Zimmerman. I have seen a lot of misjustice but, nothing tops this. I do not think the local police are stupid. I think that they are/were protecting themselves. All you have to do is watch Law and Order or any other cop show on TV and you know all about having to follow the rules during an investigation. Something is going on in Hampstead and it is not good!
simpletonsofknow January 10, 2013 at 01:30 PM
people, you forgot "corrupt". 'nuff said.
Nicholas Plazio Jr January 11, 2013 at 05:41 PM
You people are embarrassing yourselves with your judgement and petulance. Let me tell you the only facts that matter. My father has been a police officer for 38 years, thats two careers and roughly 14,000 days without ever getting into trouble. He bleeds for the public and believes in protecting citizens in his town. He left a federal position making $200k a year to safeguard carroll county. As a distinguished Johns Hopkins graduate he is vastly over qualified to serve as a small town police chief. But he did it anyway because he loved his job. Every day for the past ten years he went to work was a charity to the county. Did you know that during the economic downturn he volunteered to work days for free? Just so the county could make their budget and his subordinates could provide for their families without losing pay. How many of you are that dedicated to your work? How many of you would volunteer when your 60 years old to be woken up at 4am in the morning to handle a major crime occurring? I've been trying to get my dad to retire, permanently, for years. He has a passionate pursuit for perfection and justice. He wasn't working for the money or the prestige. He did it to be christian and help his fellow man. Values he instilled in me.
Nicholas Plazio Jr January 11, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Why did he plead guilty to misconduct? Because I told him to. The public lives in naivete' and delirium thinking a guilty plea reflects a guilty act. If someone came up to you and said plead guilty to misconduct, because we have insufficient evidence for perjury, and you won't go to jail, or pay a lawyer $75,000 to prove your innocence, which would you prefer? This case has been a joke. It's a shining example of two dimensional reporting and lambasting a good man. I am proud to be Nicholas Plazio Jr. And nothing any of you say will change that. Some of you need to do some soul searching and ask yourselves why you need to scold someone you never met or worked with. Because you will see my dad in carroll county. He's the man holding the door for you when your hands are full. He's the man volunteering at a church banquet. And he's the stranger that strikes conversation with you when your fishing at the lake. Now I have an assignment for you. Tell me where you were January 11th 2012. Now tell me the conversation you were having at 11am. Whats the matter? You can’t remember what happened a year ago? Thats funny, because when you are a police chief you’re expected to. So you give an answer and a few days later you think about it long enough details may start to come to you. So you correct your original statement. Thats called basic psychology. In carroll county thats called Perjury.
romeo valianti January 12, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Nickolas Plazio jr, what a nice thing to say about your father. I agree with you and my daughter Carole V. Hammen who says your father is one of the best police officwer she has ever met . I hope your father stays in the policing business as we all are rewarded for his superior ability and qualifications especially dedication. Thanks Nick Plazio Sr.
Nicholas Plazio Jr January 12, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Thank you Romeo and thank your daughter for me. Unfortunately a county has been weakened upon his resignation. As part of his outrageous plea, he is not allowed to work in law enforcement. Lets hope the Deputies captured one iota of the knowledge he had to offer.
Steven R. Ramalski January 12, 2013 at 07:57 PM
So then Junior, who then is responsible for the fact that a murderer has been cut loose into our neighborhoods? This is the basic function of a law enforcement agency. This is not something that can be just chalked up to inexperience and we all just say lets givem a do over! Someone has to be held accountable for this, and I hardly think the state’s attorney is the first place the finger should be pointed. Shoot, he fired the guy that gave bad information. At least he has that going for him. I appreciate the fact that you are standing up for you father. I’m sure he was the sacrificial lamb for a lot of other people. In reading through all the stories it appears that he fell on the sword for the sheriff & a guy that has been sending out press releases his entire career. Because of your father the sheriff still has his job and Kasten can run for sheriff in the future (pretty sure this will come back and haunt him though). So yes your father is a very honorable man, he took all the blame for a couple of guys that probably should have followed suit and just left themselves.
Nicholas Plazio Jr January 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Thats the million dollar question steven. In short, I dont know. I know a lack of education and experience is not to blame. And I know the only other answer is a lack of integrity. Given the aforementioned post you can see why thats hard to believe. My Dad and I have a tell all relationship and he vehemently denies giving the order to this day. I do know that Detective Eppersons reputation was not squeky clean before this. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great. But my dads was great. I've gotten tired of defending my families honor for the past 6 months. And I'm tired of the blame game. A tradgedy occurred. And even though they werent sentenced to jail. I take comfort knowing their reputations are shattered forever. They cant ever go to the grocery store or the gym without people starring and talking about them. And they will answer to a higher calling one day. But Epperson either followed an illegal order willingly or violated the constitution willingly or both. So yes, I say its his fault. A Major shouldnt have to baby sit a detective. I guarantee my father was sitting in his office doing paperwork during the entire interrogation. He doesnt believe in micromanaging.
Buck Harmon January 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM
The entire process seems sloppy and broken...

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