The charges levied against a Hampstead woman accused of making a bomb threat to a Carroll County courthouse in July were dismissed by prosecutors earlier this month.
Myra Marcy Baird, 56, of the 4000 block of Woodsmen Drive, was charged with arson threat and related charges July 22, according to court records.
The state dismissed those charges at a preliminary hearing Aug. 15, entering a disposition of "nolle prosequi," meaning the state declines to prosecute, according to District Court Supervisor Ken Grote.
Grote said that though the charges were dismissed, the investigation is ongoing and he could not comment as to why the state declined to prosecute.
Double jeopardy will not be an issue if the state were to re-charge Baird for the incident, according to Grote.
Police identified Baird as a suspect after tracing the phone number that made the threatening call to the Giant store in Westminster where Baird worked, according to court records.
Security footage showed Baird working at the customer service counter when she picked up the phone and handed it to a male walking into the store, according to court records.
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The male suspect was identified later as Michael Paul Justice Sr., 36, of the 700 block of Johahn Drive in Westminster, according to court records.
Justice was charged with arson threat and false statement of a destructive device, according to court records. Those charges are still pending.
Justice has a felony dismissal date in the District Court on Sept. 19, according to electronic court files, which is when the state must either transfer his case to Circuit Court or dismiss the charges.
Baird was also charged for allegedly making a threat against a District Court Commissioner while in custody, according to court records. A hearing in that case is scheduled for Oct. 3 in the District Court.
Defense attorney Tara LeCompte, who entered her appearance in both of Baird's cases July 29, said the state informed her about the dismissal prior to the Aug. 15 hearing.
"Ms. Baird does maintain her innocence," LeCompte said.
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