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Judge issues warrant for defendant in theft, assault cases

A Westminster man charged with theft scheme, credit card theft and assault in three cases failed to appear for court Tuesday morning and Judge Thomas F. Stansfield issued a no-bond bench warrant for his arrest.

Jeseph Darnell Walker Sr., of the 800 block of Ewing Drive, was scheduled for a criminal court trial Tuesday in three cases, but could not be located shortly before 10 a.m. when the cases were called.

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Walker is accused of renting three vehicles from Penske Truck Leasing in 2013, which operates out of the Home Depot in Westminster, and failing to return them or pay his $3,100 outstanding bill, according to court documents.

Walker faces 11 charges in that case, including unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and theft scheme $1,000 to less than $10,000, according to court documents.

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Walker is also charged with multiple counts related to credit card theft for an August 2013 incident, according to electronic court filings, as well as first- and second-degree assault, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license for a December 2013 incident.

Stansfield ordered that Walker has forfeited bond in the cases where he paid it by failing to appear and ordered that he be held without bond upon his arrest.

Defense attorney Matthew Williamson said that he had spoken with Walker and conveyed a potential plea offer made by the state prior to Tuesday's hearings.

"Unfortunately, the dog I have in this fight is not here," Williamson said.

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

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