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Judge revokes bond after man fails to appear for trial

Leroy Alvono Murray was charged with possession of a narcotic with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. A judge issued a warrant when Murray failed to appear for the first day of his jury trial. <a href="http://bit.ly/1TOkjv9">Full story</a>
Leroy Alvono Murray was charged with possession of a narcotic with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. A judge issued a warrant when Murray failed to appear for the first day of his jury trial. Full story (Submitted photo)

A judge issued a warrant Tuesday morning for a Taneytown man charged with drug-related offenses who failed to appear for the first day of his jury trial.

Leroy Alvono Murray, 37, of the 200 block of Roth Avenue, is charged with possession of a narcotic with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to electronic court files.

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Murray was arrested in October after the Carroll County Drug Task Force reported finding several bags of suspected cocaine, packaging materials, a digital scale and cash in his home during a search, according to court records.

Murray was released on $500,000 bond, which Judge J. Barry Hughes ordered to be forfeited after Murray failed to arrive for the first day of a scheduled two-day jury trial, according to Deputy State's Attorney Edward Coyne.

Murray's attorney, Brandon Mead, said his client has health problems and couldn't make it to court in a timely manner.

Mead said he believes that when Murray learned a bench warrant had been issued and he would be arrested when he did arrive, it deterred Murray from coming in.

Plea discussions were still ongoing as of Tuesday, according to Mead.

"We are hopeful that the matter will be resolved favorably," he said.

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