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Postponed Hearing Could Delay Accused Perry Hall Student Shooter's Trial

A hearing to decide whether adult charges against 15-year-old Robert Gladden will be changed to juvenile charges has been postponed a second time.

A hearing to determine the state of charges against 15-year-old Robert W. Gladden, Jr. has been postponed a second time, and could cause a delay in his criminal court trial, Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney John Cox confirmed on Thursday. 

Gladden is accused of opening fire inside Perry Hall High School's cafeteria on the first day of school and seriously injuring another student. He was charged as an adult with nine counts of first-degree attempted murder, among other charges, in the Aug. 27 incident.

A juvenile waiver hearing for Gladden was first scheduled for Nov. 11, then postponed and rescheduled for Jan. 3, then postponed again. A rescheduled date for the hearing has not yet been determined, Cox said. 

During the juvenile waiver hearing, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert Cahill, Jr. will make a final decision on whether Gladden will continue to be charged as an adult or be tried as a juvenile. If tried as a juvenile, Gladden could face significantly less jailtime and media scrutiny.

Delays in determining the state of charges against Gladden will likely lead to a delay in his criminal court trial, currently scheduled for Jan. 30, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Cox said. 

Cox said he plans to continue to argue that Gladden be tried in adult court, but added that the judge will factor age and available treatment programs into his decision. 

Investigators said Gladden brought a disassembled double-barrel shotgun and a bottle of vodka to school in his backpack on Aug. 27. During the first scheduled lunch, he allegedly randomly opened fire in the cafeteria, striking and seriously injuring 17-year-old special needs student Daniel Borowy. Staff members stopped the attack by tackling Gladden and holding him until he was arrested, police said.

The incident caused a national outcry and several charitable and memorial events followed.

Months after the shooting, Gladden remains at the Baltimore County Detention Center, Cox said. He appeared in a bail review hearing in September, but was denied bail pending a mental evaluation. A new bail review hearing was not scheduled.

Gladden was formerly represented by both Columbia attorney Clarke Ahlers and Lutherville attorney George Psoras. Ahlers's office confirmed, however, that he is no longer involved in the case.

Psoras's office was not immediately available for comment on Gladden's juvenile waiver hearing.

Days after the shooting, Psoras told the Associated Press that Gladden was a victim of bullying and never intended to harm other students when he brought a gun to school.

Police previously denied these claims, announcing that bullying was not believed to be a factor and that Gladden acted deliberately.

Stop Crime January 03, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Just put this piece of garbage on trial as an adult already.
victoria nicholson January 04, 2013 at 12:43 AM
We miss you bobby<3
Stop Crime January 04, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Lol... You miss THAT? What a lovely cup of tea he is.
Kelsey Brinegar January 04, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Can someone answer for me why a person would bring a gun to school if NOT for the intent of harming someone?! It's absurd to say he "didn't intend to harm other students when he brougth a gun to school." It's clearly not something he brought in just for show and tell.
Andrew January 04, 2013 at 02:48 PM
welcome to the justice system.I completely lost faith in the system when i was a juror on a week long trial on gang rape.
Al Day January 04, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Just wondering if this perp was a devil worshiper. Many of these school shooters were associated with satan worship. First thing I'd do is cut that hair back to a crew cut and then try him as a man. Anyone who consumes vodka by the bottle and carries a shotgun is definitely old enough to be tried as a man. By the way, I'd also call a priest and give an excorcism. You take God out and you put satan in. Bring back prayer to schools now.
Ashley January 04, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Really with the Satan/God stuff? The bigger issue here is that these people who do these things have problems mentally. God being taken out of school has nothing to do with it. Believing in God doesn't automatically equal a moral compass. Just like being atheist doesn't automatically make you evil. I'm so tired of people blaming these things on everything but where the fault should be. It is not the lack of god. It's not the music. It's not the video games. It's not movies or TV. It's that the person who did the horrible act is screwed up and didn't get the help they needed. Normal, sane people don't do stuff like that. If it was any of the reasons above then we would have SO, SO many more people running around killing for no reason. Why is that such a hard concept to grasp?
michael mooney January 04, 2013 at 05:45 PM
I don't know about the devil stuff but I do agree on some points. Cut his hair to a buzz cut and try him as the adult he "wants" to be. Make this trial MORE front page news than the incident itself, throw him in jail for a long time and throw in all the law books on top! If his trial, conviction and LIFE sentence are public enough maybe, just maybe, some other young punk that thinks he will get off easy as either mentally ill, bullied or that he will get a light sentence as a juvenile
Laura Harkins January 04, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Try him as an adult!!!
Evets January 04, 2013 at 06:52 PM
FYI, there is no law against students praying in school. All are free to do so (at appropriate times) and they may pray to whichever God they choose. Not sure what his hair has to do with anything, but I would be very surpised if his hair is not cut very short while he is in custody. I have no problem with him being tried as an adult, but due process must be followed just as it would be if any of us were accused of a crime. We are fortunate to live in a country where indictment, trial, conviction and sentence are not simply pro forma acts on the way to locking someone away for life. Now please excuse me while I tug on my Nomex suit in preparation for being flamed.
Sanchez January 04, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Evets, you are so right. As a matter of fact, it is unconstitutional in Maryland to prevent it. Maryland Declaration of Rights. Art. 36. That as it is the duty of every man to worship God in such manner as he thinks most acceptable to Him, all persons are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty; wherefore, no person ought by any law to be molested in his person or estate, on account of his religious persuasion, or profession, or for his religious practice, unless, under the color of religion, he shall disturb the good order, peace or safety of the State, or shall infringe the laws of morality, or injure others in their natural, civil or religious rights; nor ought any person to be compelled to frequent, or maintain, or contribute, unless on contract, to maintain, any place of worship, or any ministry; nor shall any person, otherwise competent, be deemed incompetent as a witness, or juror, on account of his religious belief; provided, he believes in the existence of God, and that under His dispensation such person will be held morally accountable for his acts, and be rewarded or punished therefor either in this world or in the world to come. Nothing shall prohibit or require the making reference to belief in, reliance upon, or invoking the aid of God or a Supreme Being in any governmental or public document, proceeding, activity, ceremony, school, institution, or place.
Tony Solesky January 04, 2013 at 07:45 PM
It seems eople are far too quick to throw out the mental health treatment angle appraoch as the end all be all. All you ever hear is people saying we were in counseling we are getting counseling and on and on their seems to be no end to the people who need it. I would like to see a much much higher cure rate before we just assume that with counseling all of this could have been avioded. Were there no mentally sick people 30 years ago?
Jeanne January 04, 2013 at 10:01 PM
He has been offered the help through elementary and middle school, it did no good. Throw him in jail as an adult, this run around is stupid. While you are at it give his parents and stepfather community service or jail, whichever is faster, for not taking care of their son and having fire arms available to him.
Evets January 04, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Thank you for the reference Sanchez. Hope Mr. Day pays especial note to first part of the last sentence of your post: "Nothing shall prohibit or require..." Of course in my classroom, most student probably pray that I was in a good mood when I made the test they are taking on quiz day :-)
Sanchez January 05, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Evets, this is something that needs work in Martyland. I would like to hear anyone's criticism of that right we all posses. And if it should be applicable today. You know, the musket AR15 argument? The Gutenberg Press the internet argument. The right to privacy in your home your RV argument. I would also like to know if anyone feels their children's rights have been violated in their schools. Has anyone tried to post in the hallways a child's religious based project that was refused. I have no concern which religion. "Nothing shall prohibit or require the making reference to belief in, reliance upon, or invoking the aid of God or a Supreme Being in any governmental or public document, proceeding, activity, ceremony, school, institution, or place." "School" is specifically noted!
Evets January 05, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I have never in my almost 30 years of teaching seen anyone "knowingly" violate this law. I will admit that some teachers are ignorant of certain laws and rights and they might believe that no religious activity of any kind is allowed anywhere, anytime in a public school. The only instance I have seen was many years ago when a young teacher told a student she (the student) was not permitted to read a Bible during SSR time. This matter was quickly cleared up and no problems ensued. Our school has had after-school clubs/organizations for students to join together to discuss their religions, etc. There has never been any problems with this. A teacher is present, but only as a monitor to ensure students are safe and in an adult's supervision.
GailB January 05, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Didn't know him, but saw him around a couple times this summer wearing animal masks covering his face. Thought it rather odd!
Salvatore Barracato February 03, 2013 at 08:47 AM
To Jeanne,what a ludicrous statement.Lets just let his parents do his time for him eos unfreakin believable!
Jeanne February 04, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Oh No Salvatore Barracto He needs to do time in jail all by himself, not his Mommy, Daddy do it for him. Mommy, Daddy, & StepDaddy need to be held accountable as well in some way.
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