Bail hearing in slaying postponed


A Howard County district judge postponed yesterday the bail hearing of a 27-year-old Hyattsville man accused of strangling a Silver Spring acquaintance in a Jessup motel.

Judge Louis Becker, communicating with the suspect through a Spanish interpreter, permitted public defender Jane McGough extra time to consult with the man, Marcos Olvera Ramirez. The hearing could be rescheduled for today.

Mr. Ramirez is being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup. He is charged with killing Shelton Woodrow Thigpen, 74, of the 8100 block of Piney Branch Road at the Cedar Motel in the 8000 block of U.S. 1 shortly after midnight June 23.

Police said the victim's car was found abandoned in a Hyattsville neighborhood. Mr. Thigpen's wallet had been taken.

Howard County detectives tracked the suspect to Washington Thursday morning, where they alerted a Secret Service agent to arrest him while he sat on a park bench in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.

Mr. Ramirez waived extradition and was returned to Howard County Saturday, county police spokesman Sgt. Steve Keller said.


* Jessup: 8600 block of Dorsey Run Road: The rear driver's-side window of a Honda Accord was broken Thursday.

* North Laurel: 9700 block of Whiskey Run Road: A green 1993 Mitsubishi Diamonte with Maryland tags AVB307 was stolen Friday.

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