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Case moves forward for Port Deposit man accused of killing girl

BY BRYNA ZUMER, bzumer@theaegis.com

3:55 PM EST, January 22, 2014

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The case against a Port Deposit man accused of raping and killing 10-year-old Kami Ring last summer continues moving closer to trial, set to start March 31.

The defense team for Richard Eugene Madden Jr., was before Cecil Circuit Court Judge V. Michael Whelan in Elkton on Wednesday afternoon to make a formal request for information from the state, called a discover motions filing, Whelan said following the hearing.

The defense primarily requested DNA evidence and background on some of the witnesses, which it is entitled to have, the judge explained.

"They have to request it and the state has to provide it," he said.

The public defender representing Madden also asked to consolidate two cases, one for murder and one for sex offense, into one file, Whelan said.

Madden was brought in to the Elkton courtroom for the hearing from North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Whelan said. Shortly after his arrest in June, Madden was moved from the Cecil County Detention Center in Elkton to the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore, for reasons prosecutors declined to say at the time.

Wednesday's hearing lasted about an hour, which Whelan said is fairly typical. He said nothing unusual happened during the hearing and he does not expect any unusual confrontation as the trial moves forward.

"The defense team seemed very professional," he said, adding he does not foresee any "unnecessary squabbling" between defense and prosecution lawyers.

Madden defense team is led by Stefanie McArdle, deputy chief of the Maryland Public Defender's Office's Capital Defense Division, according to online court records.

Madden, 30, a resident of the 100 block of Waibel Road in Port Deposit, was arrested after the girl's body was found in a field behind the Waibel Road home, where the Charlestown Girl had been staying with Madden's family. She had been reported missing to police prior to the body being discovered.

Madden is charged with first-degree and second-degree murder, first-degree and second-degree rape, first-degree assault, sex abuse of a minor, second-degree child abuse and first-degree sex offense.

The Cecil County State's Attorney's Office initially considered seeking the death penalty on the first degree murder charge but later decided against it.