A 15-year-old from Harford County is being held without bail after being charged as an adult with first-degree murder and other offenses in the connection with the stabbing of his 18-year-old brother Thursday, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
Tylek Dayvon Williams, of Belcamp, was ordered by District Court Judge Susan Hazlett to remain being held without bail in the Harford County Detention Center during a bail review hearing in the Bel Air courthouse Monday afternoon. Williams had been in jail without bail since his initial appearance before a District Court commissioner Friday morning.
Assistant Public Defender Jerri Peyton, who is representing Williams along with public defender Thomas Ashwell, has filed a motion to have her client transferred to a juvenile facility, Peyton told Hazlett.
Williams appeared via video link from the jail, answering the judge’s questions with a monotone “yeah.” Peyton asked him to repeat back Hazlett’s instructions about his right to be represented by a jury of his peers, but he could not.
“He is so shut down and so traumatized by what he’s going through,” Peyton said.
Other charges filed against in connection with the death of his brother, Gary Bernard Williams III, include second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon with an intent to injure and reckless endangerment, according to a post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Around 2:35 p.m. Thursday, Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 1300 block of Jervis Square in Belcamp for the report of a stabbing.
When they arrived, deputies found Gary Williams suffering from a stab wound to the upper body, according to an earlier news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies immediately rendered medical care until relieved by medics who took Gary Williams to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where he was later pronounced deceased, the Sheriff’s Office said.
At the scene, deputies determined Tylek Williams was a suspect and arrested him. He was taken to the detention center for questioning and later charged, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators determined the brothers were involved in an argument when the younger brother allegedly stabbed his older brother with a knife, police said.
Deputies were at the home in July for an incident between Tylek Williams and someone else in the house, Cristie Hopkins, of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, said. Tylek Williams was served with an emergency petition then.
Tylek Williams is a freshman at Aberdeen High School, and Gary Williams was a senior at the same school, Jillian Lader, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools, confirmed in response to an inquiry from The Aegis Friday.
Peyton, the assistant public defender, told Judge Hazlett during Monday’s bail review that she is working to set up a meeting with Williams and a social worker. She recommended he be transferred to the Department of Juvenile Services’ Charles Hickey Jr. School in Parkville, where staff are “well able” to care for him.
Laura Casciano, an assistant state’s attorney, said Williams should remain in jail, noting the charges against him.
“First-degree murder is the most serious of offenses,” Casciano said.
The judge informed Williams earlier in the hearing, as she read the charges against him, that first-degree murder carries a sentence of life in prison.
Casciano also expressed concern for the safety of other juveniles if Williams is transferred to the Hickey School.
Hazlett ordered that Williams remain in jail without bail — she said it could be easier for a social worker to meet with him if he stays in the detention center.
The judge told Peyton she “would not hesitate to revisit this issue” about where he is held and would set a hearing on Peyton’s motion. Those proceedings could be superseded, depending when Williams is indicted, Hazlett warned.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Nov. 8 and Nov. 13 in District Court, according to online court records.