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Bail reduced for 3rd defendant in slaying of Westminster man


Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold has reduced the bail of the third defendant in the January shooting death of a Westminster man from $150,000 to $100,000.

The reduction, ordered at a hearing Friday, may make it possible for Timothy Cumberland's family to post bond for his release from the Carroll County Detention Center, said Michael Montemarano, Mr. Cumberland's defense attorney.

Mr. Cumberland, 22, of Reisterstown, is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 31 in the shooting of 22-year-old Gregory Lamont Howard last Jan. 28 on South Center Street.

His two co-defendants, Samuel Allen Miller, 22 -- identified as the shooter in the slaying -- and Daniel Justin Leonard, 23, pleaded guilty in September to second-degree murder in the case.

"I had asked for [bail of] $25,000 to $50,000, but I can't complain," Mr. Montemarano said.

Mark Wadel, the pastor at Mr. Cumberland's church, has offered him employment in his business, Wadel's Kitchens, if he is released from jail, Mr. Montemarano said.

Late Friday afternoon, Mr. Cumberland remained in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Miller, who admitted shooting Mr. Howard, was sentenced in September by Judge Arnold to 30 years in state prison. He could have been sentenced to life without parole if convicted of the original charge of first-degree murder.

As part of Leonard's plea bargain, prosecutors have agreed to a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Under the plea bargains, both men agreed to cooperate with the state's attorney's office in its prosecution of Mr. Cumberland and are expected to testify at his trial.

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