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Charges dropped against woman accused of threatening police, court official

Charges dropped against woman accused of threatening police, court official
Myra Marcy Baird (submitted photo)

Prosecutors dropped charges against a Hampstead woman accused of making threats against a District Court commissioner after they were unable to locate the witnesses who shared a holding cell with her in July and allegedly heard the threats.

Myra Marcy Baird, 56, of the 4000 block of Woodsmen Drive, was charged with arson threat and threat against a public official, according to court records. The state entered a disposition of "nolle prosequi" to those charges Friday, meaning the state declines to prosecute, according to Deputy State's Attorney Edward Coyne.

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Baird was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center's Central Booking Unit on July 22 on arson threat charges stemming from a July 21 bomb threat made to the District Court of Maryland for Carroll County building, according to court records.

Those charges were dismissed Aug. 15, but District Court Supervisor Ken Grote said the investigation was ongoing and he could not comment on the reason for the dismissal.

"This has been a nightmare for her," defense attorney Tara LeCompte said. "She had nothing to do with the incident."

While in custody, Baird was alleged to have told a fellow detainee that she had a male friend make the threatening call and that he was "capable of taking care of things," according to court records. The detainee told police about her conversation with Baird, which allegedly included threats against a Maryland State Police trooper and the court commissioner, according to records.

Michael Paul Justice Sr., 36, of the 700 block of Johahn Drive in Westminster, was charged with arson threat and false statement of a destructive device on Aug. 4 for allegedly making the bomb threat to the courthouse, according to court records.

Justice is scheduled to have a criminal court trial in the Circuit Court of Maryland on Dec. 18, according to electronic court files.

LeCompte said that she and her client are considering Baird's options regarding seeking to expunge the cases or filing a civil suit against law enforcement.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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