Grand jury declines to cost Hagerstown teen in stabbings, together with deadly one

A Washington County grand jury just lately declined to situation fees towards a Hagerstown-area teenager within the Might 8 stabbings of two others, together with a Hagerstown teen who died, in keeping with the Washington County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace.

The grand jury declined in late June to situation fees towards Mark Mefikeh Ngwafon as a result of it decided the defendant acted in self-defense, Washington County State’s Lawyer Gina Cirincion stated.

Ngwafon was beforehand charged as an grownup with one depend every of first- and second-degree homicide, two counts every of first- and second-degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment within the Might 8 incident at a celebration south of Hagerstown by which the Washington County Sheriff’s Workplace reported two individuals had been stabbed.

Daeshon Banks, 17, of Hagerstown, died. The opposite stabbing sufferer was Alexander Inexperienced, who, in keeping with the sheriff’s workplace, is across the identical age as the opposite two and can also be from Hagerstown.

Ngwafon was 17 on the time of the incident.

Deputies responded to Brownstone Place within the Westfields subdivision south of Hagerstown for the incident, in keeping with an earlier publish on the sheriff’s workplace’s Fb web page.

Washington County emergency dispatch obtained a 911 name at 12:25 am for that space, with the incident first being reported as a disturbance after which upgraded to a stabbing, a 911 supervisor has stated.

There was a gaggle of no less than 30 individuals reported to be within the space, a 911 supervisor has stated.

As a courtesy to the 2 victims’ households, the state’s legal professional’s workplace knowledgeable each victims’ households of the grand jury’s choice and the households confirmed video footage from the incident earlier than formally dismissing the costs in Washington County District Courtroom, Cirincion stated.

Protection legal professional Lewis Metzner, representing Ngwafon, stated there was a “substantial quantity of proof,” together with cellphone and home-security video in addition to eyewitnesses.

“Due to that, I feel it was fairly clear that this was a case of self-defense,” Metzner stated.

That isn’t to attribute blame to the sufferer, stated Metzner, referring to Banks. Metzner stated Banks was not a “major participant” within the incident.

“Each the police and the state’s legal professional’s workplace on this case had been very cooperative and really occupied with attending to the reality,” Metzner stated.

Detective Sgt. Howard Ward stated Thursday that nobody else had been charged associated to the incident in Westfields and the sheriff’s workplace was, right now, not investigating the matter any additional.

Metzner stated he nonetheless did not know why a gaggle on the occasion went after his consumer.

Metzner stated the incident occurred in a “good neighborhood” and was “not a gang factor.”

Throughout a Might 9 listening to in district court docket, Assistant State’s Lawyer Christina Palmer instructed the decide there was a gaggle of individuals at a party “pushing and shoving one another.”

A Ring digital camera and cellphone footage confirmed the defendant holding a knife “and swinging it towards individuals,” Palmer stated.

Metzner stated there was a gaggle of individuals instructed to depart the occasion. Ngwafon was instructed the group had left and when he went exterior, Ngwafon didn’t see these individuals so he went again inside to get his stuff from him, Metzner stated. When Ngwafon left, these individuals had been there once more, he stated.

Metzner stated Ngwafon was “not attempting to have interaction these individuals.”

“My consumer tried to get away, fell, and tried to get away once more and did get away,” Metzner stated.

Ngwafon was “considerably lower” and went to the hospital to get stitches in his arm, Metzner stated. He went to Frederick Memorial Hospital for therapy after pulling up exterior Meritus Medical Heart and feeling in peril when he noticed individuals from the incident exterior the emergency division, Metzner stated.

Metzner known as the complete incident a “tragedy.”

“The (deceased) sufferer on this case was not a foul individual,” Metzner stated. “My consumer, actually, will not be a foul individual.”

Metzner stated Ngwafon “totally cooperated” with authorities, offering a tape-recorded assertion “about all the things.”

This text initially appeared on The Herald-Mail: Washington County grand jury declines to situation fees in stabbing

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