Baltimore man charged in beating is due bail review hearing tomorrow Mechanic being held in near fatal attack on Jessup woman


A Baltimore man charged with the near fatal beating of a Jessup woman is due a bail review hearing tomorrow in District Court, Anne Arundel County police say.

A county jail spokesman said David Lee Stanfield, 21, of the 600 block of E. Patapsco Ave. in the Brooklyn section of the city, is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail after being charged with the attempted first-degree murder of Dawn Marie Gallis, 25.

Last Nov. 3, Gallis was found lying behind a building off the 4700 block of Belle Grove Road suffering from multiple head wounds, police said. She had been beaten with a blunt object.

For more than a month after the beating, Gallis was in a coma, police said. She sustained severe brain damage and remains in a rehabilitation hospital.

Stanfield, a mechanic for the Linton Towing Co., on Belle Grove ** Road not far from where Gallis was found, was arrested Thursday, police said.

Police said that on Feb. 8, a man told them that he had seen the suspect in a Severna Park store early Nov. 3 and that he recognized the suspect as the one depicted in composite sketches distributed throughout the area.

Police said an investigation revealed that Gallis accepted a ride from a man early Nov. 3 and that she was attacked during an argument over money.

Later that morning, an employee of a glass company on Belle Grove Road found some blood at the back of the building, police said. The man followed the trail of blood and found Gallis, who was partially clothed, lying under a broken door that was covered with leaves.

Following his arrest, Stanfield reportedly told police he struck the woman in the head and thought he killed her. At his bail hearing last week, however, he denied making that statement.

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