Harford man indicted in stabbing of motorist

A Fallston man was indicted yesterday by a Harford County grand jury in the stabbing death of a 23-year-old man in Bel Air, a killing that police described as being sparked by road rage.

Michael Razzio Simmons, 19, of the 2900 block of Nelson Lane was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and carrying a dangerous weapon. Police said Simmons stabbed Patrick J. Walker of Bel Air twice in the neck after Walker purportedly cut him off in traffic May 26.

Simmons is being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center.

According to police, Simmons was driving in downtown Bel Air when, he said, Walker cut him off. Simmons followed Walker for a few blocks before the cars came to a stop sign.

Witnesses told police that they saw Simmons reach into the driver's-side window of Walker's car, and that Walker then got out of the vehicle staggering and bleeding from the neck.

But Simmons told police that he reached for a knife in his vehicle's center console after observing Walker exit his vehicle, and that Walker ran into the knife during an altercation.

Walker was pronounced dead at the scene. It was the first homicide in Bel Air in 23 years, police said.

Simmons, who was described as a former student at Harford Community College and a former assistant football coach in an area recreation league, was out on bail at the time of the incident, awaiting trial on charges stemming from an August 2005 burglary.

Among those who testified before the grand jury yesterday was Simmons' younger brother, Vincent, who was in the vehicle at the time of the incident, said Bel Air defense attorney David P. Henninger. The attorney said there is another side to the story that has yet to come out.

"Honestly, I think the people who know the most are his brother and [a third person in Simmons'] car, and having talked to them, I certainly think there's two sides to this story," Henninger said.

Justin Fenton

Woman, 52, is fatally shot

A 52-year-old woman was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds last night in a house near Pimlico Race Course, city police said.

The body of the victim - whose name was withheld - was found by officers investigating a report of a woman lying dead in the house in the 5700 block of Simmonds Ave., said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. One of the wounds was to her head, he said.

Moses declined to provide details about who notified police. "That's part of the investigation," he said.

In an unrelated killing, a man who was fatally shot late Sunday in Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester area has been identified as Darryl Duppins, police said yesterday.

Duppins, 24, of no fixed address was standing in the 1400 block of Presstman St. about 11 p.m. when an unknown assailant shot him several times in the upper body, police said. No arrest has been made.

Detectives also are investigating the shooting yesterday of Anthony Hill, 22, as he stood inside the Cotton Club in the 2000 block of Harlem Ave. Hill, whose address was not disclosed, was shot in the face by a man standing outside the club and was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Richard Irwin

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