Bail was denied today for a 19-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his grandfather as the older man left his home for an early-morning dialysis appointment earlier this month.
William D. Strickland, of the 400 block of East 95th Street, shot his grandfather six times in the back and used money stolen in the attack to buy tattoos, gym shoes and other items, Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Pillsbury said at the bond hearing.
The judge denied bail on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm and set his next court date for Monday.
Strickland's grandfather, also named William Strickland, was shot about 3:30 a.m. on March 2 outside his home in the South Side's Burnside neighborhood, according to police. While police initially said Strickland was approached by two male attackers, on Saturday police said no one else was in custody in the ongoing investigation, and they would not confirm a second person was being sought.
The 72-year-old elder Strickland was standing outside waiting for a Pace bus near his home when he was shot six times in the back. He was on his way to a weekly dialysis appointment, Pillsbury said.
Police recovered 25 bullet shell casings at the scene, she said.
The younger Strickland admitted to stealing the gun used in the murder from his grandfather, Pillsbury said.
Strickland then took his grandfather's bag and other personal belongings, and later used money stolen from his grandfather to buy tattoos, gym shoes and other items, Pillsbury said.
According to court documents, Strickland, also known as "Dashaun," used a black Beretta semi-automatic handgun in his grandfather's murder.
Strickland is a self-admitted member of the Black P. Stones street gang, according to court documents.
Strickland has "Legacy," "Loyalty," and "Respect" tattooed on his arms, according to court documents.
The younger Strickland had been living with his grandfather the past few months, according to Theolene Shears, a neighbor who has known both of them for more than a decade. Previously Strickland had been living with his siblings and mother in Wisconsin, Shears said.
Shears, 84, said that his mother hoped her father could keep Strickland from getting into "trouble."
The elder Strickland tried to find his grandson a job at one point, said Shears.
Strickland has no criminal background, prosecutors said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun