Judge's conference Monday in case of man charged in Capital Gazette shooting


A conference is on the docket Monday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court in the case of Jarrod Ramos, the man charged in the death of five people in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis.

Judge Laura Kiessling has set a conference at 9 a.m. Monday in Annapolis. Ramos, 38, of Laurel, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder and other charges related to the deaths of Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith, Wendi Winters and John McNamara on June 28. Ramos is being held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

Ramos has pleaded not guilty, but his attorneys recently requested an extension in proceedings, saying they need more time to review records while considering the plea.

It is not clear if Kiessling will deal with the extension request at Monday’s meeting, or focus on other matters related to pretrial motions. This past week the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Office declined comment on the extension request.

Ramos, who was arrested in The Capital office, had a grudge against the newspaper after it reported in 2011 on harassment charges that had been filed against him. A former classmate of Ramos’ received peace orders against Ramos to limit contact between them.

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