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Perryman murder suspect ordered to remain in jail without bond despite health concerns

An Aberdeen man charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man in Perryman on Aug. 25 was ordered to remain in jail without bond by a Harford County District Court judge Friday afternoon, despite concerns raised by public defenders about his medical treatment.

During a bail review, Judge David Carey ordered James Allean Ashford, 38, to continue to be held at the Harford County Detention Center. The bail review was held shortly after Ashford was released from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, where he had been recovering from injuries suffered the day of the fatal shooting. He was in the custody of the Harford County Detention Center while in the hospital.


Public defender Timothy Bahr, who was representing Ashford at the bail hearing along with Howard Greenberg, told the judge Johns Hopkins officials suddenly recanted their original report that Ashford needed constant assistance and supervision.

"I am very concerned about his treatment," Bahr said, noting detention center officials had considered moving Ashford to another hospital. "I think he should be in a position to be able to go to an outpatient facility and be treated."


Bahr asked for Ashford to be released on his own recognizance, with pre-trial supervision and GPS monitoring.

Carey disagreed, saying he understood the health concerns, but pointing out that Ashford has 12 prior convictions and a pending trial on an arson/threat charge, which is set for October, according to online court records.

"These are about the most serious charges you can have," Carey said about the Perryman shooting case, before denying Ashford bond.

Ashford is accused of fatally shooting his wife's former boyfriend, Joshua Walter, 28, of Street, in the Busby Trailer Park on Busby Drive.

Ashford told police Walter ran over him with a car, which is how he was injured. Walter was found dead from a gunshot in the vehicle that allegedly struck Ashford.

Ashford is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in commission of a felony or violent crime and a second firearms violation.