Grandparent puts house up for suspect's release


A 15-year-old Mount St. Joseph High School student charged with killing his father last Friday was released from jail yesterday after his grandmother -- the victim's mother -- put her house up as collateral.

Court records did not place a value on Barbara Rhodes' house in the 3200 block of Ingleside Avenue.

About three dozen friends and family members and a school guidance counselor crowded into the courtroom of Baltimore District Judge H. Gary Bass to testify to the good character of Jarmal M. Womble, the defendant. He lives with his mother, Jacqueline J. Dixon, in West Baltimore. The Womble youth was described as a straight-A student who excelled in sports and had never been in trouble.

He is charged with using a .22-caliber handgun to shoot Ernest B. Womble, 40, in the head as the man engaged in a shouting match with his mother in the 1500 block of North Woodyear Street Friday.

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