Richard Karceski, the defense attorney for 16-year-old David Paul Thomas, speaks to reporters after a bail review hearing in Towson. (Baltimore Sun video)
A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing his mother's boyfriend to deathin Dundalk over theweekend was ordered released from the Baltimore County detention center Monday.
At a bail review hearing in District Court in Towson, both a defense attorney for David Paul Thomas and a county prosecutor said the boyfriend, 35-year-old Richard William Zenobia, was the "aggressor" in a fight between the two on Saturday evening.
Judge Leo Ryan Jr. noted that Thomas had no prior criminal record and ordered himreleased on his own recognizance.
Police say they found Zenobia unconscious with stab woundsin the back yard of the home he shared with his girlfriend in the 3300 block of North Point Road. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators say Zenobia and Thomas' mother argued, andThomas stabbed Zenobia multiple times. Thomas was arrested and charged as an adult with one count of manslaughter. Police wrote in charging documents that the mother told them Zenobia punched her son.
Thomas' lawyer said in courtthat the 16-year-old "came to the aid of his mother and then himself."
Attorney Richard Karceski said Zenobia punched the teenager and thenstraddled him.
"Mr. Thomas was not the aggressor," Karceski said. "He defended himself."
The teen attends Aberdeen High School and works at a pizzeria, Karceski said. He said Thomas received the knife "as a post-Christmas gift."
Karceski said after the hearing that Thomas does not live at the Dundalk home but was with his mother that day.
Assistant State's Attorney Garret Glennon told the judge that "this is a very unique situation."
He said the state was requesting that Thomas remain on no-bail status. He asked for home detention in which Thomas would be monitored by GPS.
Ryandid not order such monitoring. Glennon and Karceski bothtold the judge they do not believe the teen poses a danger to the larger community.
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