The mother of a 17-year-old charged as an adult in a road-rage killing says she tried before the fatal shooting to get authorities to re-arrest her son for violating his probation in a carjacking last summer.
Mikayal Hendricks is charged with first-degree murder and more than a dozen other charges in the death Oct. 4 of Lawrence “Tony” Price, 73, in the 4400 block of Liberty Heights Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.
In an emotional interview Wednesday outside her Greenspring home, Mikayal’s mother said she received no response when she called the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services about a month before Price’s death. She wanted to have Mikayal taken back into custody for violating his probation because he cut off an ankle monitor and repeatedly missed a court-ordered curfew.
“How many parents call and say, ‘Come get my kid?’ ” asked his mother, Tia, who declined to give her last name. “Shouldn’t you have came and got him then? He wouldn’t’ve had the chance to get in trouble like this.”
The Department of Juvenile Services declined to comment on the case, citing confidentiality laws protecting juveniles.
Mikayal was initially charged as an adult in that case. While there were hundreds of victim-impact letters from members of the community who sought to keep the case in adult court, Schleifer said, a judge transferred the case to juvenile court after hearing from the teenager’s character witnesses.
“This kid had a phenomenal support system,” Schleifer said. “There was a tremendous amount of friends and family in the courtroom — nothing but love and support for him.”
He added that he was “discouraged” by the carjacking’s being moved to juvenile court, where sentences are often more lenient and outcomes are shielded from public view.
How many parents call and say, ‘Come get my kid?’ Shouldn’t you have came and got him then? He wouldn’t’ve had the chance to get in trouble like this.
Mikayal Hendricks' mother, Tia
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Police say Mikayal fatally shot Price, a retired mason who lived in Ashburton, when he was sitting at a red light at about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 4. According to charging documents, another vehicle pulled up and the driver said to Price: “What are you staring at.”
An argument ensued, then several shots were fired at Price before the car drove away. Mikayal acknowledged that he’d been driving the car, but said a passenger, not he, fired the shots, according to the police report.
The victim’s son, Lionel Price, said Wednesday he was glad to hear police had arrested a suspect.