An attorney for one of the four former Glenelg High School students charged with hate crimes after racial epithets and swastikas were found scrawled on the school’s grounds in May told a judge Monday he needs more time to study new information.
Tyler Curtiss, 18, of Brookeville, appeared before Howard County Circuit Court Administrative Judge William V. Tucker with his lawyer, Mark Muffoletto, at a scheduled motions hearing.
Due to the “voluminous amount of discovery,” received last week, Muffoletto requested a new date to discuss motions in the case and a date for trial.
A Howard County grand jury on Wednesday handed down a seven-count indictment against each of the four Glenelg High School students who were charged with hate crimes after swastikas and racial epithets were found scrawled on the school’s property in May.
The four each face three counts related to race or religious harassment, two destruction of property-related charges and two trespassing charges and, according to a court records and a state’s attorney indictment summary. All charges are misdemeanors.
On May 24, swastikas and racial epithets, including one that county police said targeted the school’s African-American principal, were found painted on the school’s campus exterior walls, parking lot and sidewalks, during a morning awards ceremony for Glenelg graduating seniors.
Police said the four were identified by images from school surveillance cameras.