Trial begins in Edgewood murder, shooting case

The trial for an Edgewood man charged with shooting and killing a teenager and injuring another last January begins Jan. 24 in Harford County Circuit Court.

Garfield Smith III, 22, of the 1600 block of Candlewood Court in Edgewood, faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and six firearm related charges following an incident.

The shooting left 17-year old Michael Wayne Kearins dead and Christopher Thomas Cousins, 18 at the time, wounded.

According to police, witnesses said two men entered the Candlewood Court from the Meadowood area "for a meeting."

Eddie Hopkins, spokesperson for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said at the time, that there was some short of confrontation and the two men were shot around 10:30 p.m. in Cunion Recreational Park off Trimble Road and adjacent to Candlewood Court.

According to police at the time, Cousins and Kearins may have gone into the park to buy marijuana when they were shot.

Kearins was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Cousins was taken by Medevac to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in good condition following the shooting.

Smith was arrested and taken into custody on Feb. 3, 2013, days after the shooting.

Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Copper ordered Smith to be held without bail after an assistant state's attorney called Smith, "a relatively young man" who "has a relatively extensive criminal history," during the bail hearing.

Smith has previous charges of aggravated assault and rape.

Jury selection for the trial began Wednesday morning and continued through Thursday. The trial will be presided over by Judge Stephen M. Waldron.

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