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THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Crofton teen-ager awaiting trial on charges of helping his girlfriend kill herself in a failed suicide pact was granted a little more freedom yesterday.

Judge Pamela L. North agreed to let the 16-year-old, who is on home detention, leave his mother's house from 9 a.m. to noon to job-hunt.

"He is doing an excellent job, abiding by all the rules," said Kimber Davis, one of the youth's two public defenders.

The youth is the first person accused of violating Maryland's ban on assisted suicide. He is also accused of reckless endangerment and possession of a handgun in the Oct. 18, 1999, death of Jennifer Garvey, 15, also of Crofton. The two, who had been dating for about five months and were students at Arundel High School, planned to kill themselves Crofton's dank storm sewers. Jennifer shot herself in the head, but then he panicked and ran to a friend's house, according to police.

Last week, North said she will allow the admission at trial. Attorneys tried to set a date yesterday for the two- or three-day trial, but were unable to find a date acceptable to everyone in August or September. Defense attorneys also asked to have the electronic anklet for home monitoring removed, but Assistant State's Attorney Michael O. Bergeson successfully argued against that.

But because he has been drug-free, North agreed to cutting the frequency of drug-testing by half, to every other week.

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