Two young men got into a fight outside a bar in Deale. Now one is dead.

Charles “Charlie” Daniel Connors III, 21, died from stab wounds he sustained during an alleged assault Sunday night outside of a restaurant and bar in Deale.
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The fatal stabbing outside a Deale bar Sunday night was a “targeted” attack by a 20-year-old man who acted “in cold blood," Anne Arundel County police and prosecutors said.

But the attorney representing the man charged in the homicide said during a bail review Tuesday that it was the victim, Charles Daniel Connors III, who was the aggressor at the Happy Harbor Waterfront Restaurant and Bar. He said Shane Conner Winemiller was just trying to protect his mother.


Anne Arundel County police responded about 11 p.m. to the restaurant at 533 Deale Road and found Connors, 21, suffering from stab wounds. The Shady Side man was flown to the Prince George’s Hospital Trauma Center in Cheverly, where he was pronounced dead, police wrote in charging documents

Winemiller, of the 5000 block Old Solomon’s Island Road in Tracy’s Landing, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and first-degree assault, online court records show. District Court Judge Jonas Legum ordered Winemiller be held without bond after a hearing in Annapolis.


Assistant State’s Attorney Darrian Nelson asked Legum to order Winemiller be kept behind bars. He told the judge Winemiller got into an argument with Connors and stabbed him to death in front of Winemiller’s own mother. “He murdered somebody in cold blood.”

Winemiller’s lawyer, Peter O’Neill, took issue with the prosecutor’s characterization of the alleged crime, noting that his client is not charged with first-degree murder, which required premeditation.

“At best we have a voluntary manslaughter based on the facts...” O’Neill said. “It’s inappropriate to use words that don’t apply."

O’Neill said, based on information he collected from Winemiller’s family, that Winemiller was summoned to the bar by his girlfriend, who was intoxicated and needed a ride home.

Winemiller was accompanied by his mother and his 15-year-old sister, as he planned to drive his girlfriend home in her vehicle, O’Neill said. But when the three arrived, Winemiller was confronted outside by Connors, a person he’d clashed with before.

“The alleged victim was inside a vehicle,” O’Neill said. “He could’ve stayed inside.”

An altercation ensued, prompting Winemiller’s mother to yell out, asking them to stop, O’Neill said. They stopped fighting briefly, but then Connors approached Winemiller’s mother “in a very violent fashion.” O’Neill said Winemiller protected her.

Connors’ mother, Melissa Brown, said the close-knit family was “torn apart” by the death of their sweet, smart and respectful “Charlie.” His family packed almost three rows of the courtroom.

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“He was very loved,' Brown said after the bail review. "He had a lot of family that loved him.”

Police said homicide investigators responded to the scene, collected evidence — including a blood-stained folding knife — and talked to various witnesses who described a fight between two young men.

One witness identified Winemiller as the stabber, Detective Daniel Myers wrote in charging documents. Having an identified a suspect, police said detectives went to his house and took him into custody. Myers wrote that Winemiller claimed ownership of the bloody knife and admitted to stabbing Connors repeatedly.

“Based on witness accounts and Winemiller’s account of the incident," Myers wrote, “it was revealed that Winemiller assaulted Connors with his knife causing Connors lethal injuries.”

O’Neill said Winemiller, who worked as a crabber and fisherman for Bob Evans Seafood, left the scene because “he did not know the severity” of Connors’ injuries and that he cooperated with police when they arrived.

He asked Legum to order no-bond house arrest at Winemiller’s parents home. Winemiller’s mother and father sat beside O’Neill in the courtroom. O’Neill said the former Southern High School student had no criminal record and has strong ties to the community he’s lived in all his life — notably a 15-month old daughter.


The defendant used deadly force, said Legum, ordering he remains in jail. “It was more than one stab wound."