Four Indictments Handed Down Fri. By Frederick County Grand Jury

One man was charged  with attempted 2nd-degree murder.

Frederick, Md (KM)  The Frederick County Grand Jury on Friday handed down indictments to four individuals. One of them was Colin Erwin Lee, 35, of Middletown. The panel charged him with two counts of attempted 2nd-degree murder, two counts each of 1st-degree assault and 2nd-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

State’s Attorney Charlie Smith says Lee was arrested for stabbing two people at the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar on South Market Street in Frederick on October 23rd. Frederick Police responded to the scene. “Two victims were located. One was cut on the throat and transported to Meritus {Medical Center}. The other one was cut in the abdomen and actually was flown to {University of Maryland} Shock Trauma. They identified Mr. Lee as the perpetrator. We also have some body camera video and surveillance video in the case that supports that,” he said.

Another person indicted was Travis J. Ryder, 33, of Monrovia, whose charged with 1st- and 2nd-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Smith says Ryder was involved in a domestic incident on October 9th. “They made contact with the victim, and she had advised that Ryder had actually had strangled her until everything started to go black. At that point in time, he ran into the woods before the deputies arrived. She was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital with strangulation-related injuries. To make matters worse, the offense occurred in front of an 11-year-old child,” he said.

The Grand Jury also handed down an indictment in a child abuse case which had been taking place from January 1st, 2015 to October 21st, 2016. Eukpeeh Isaac Lloyd, 40, of Middletown, is charged two counts each of 2nd-degree child abuse, and 1st-degree assault. The Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident. “A deputy advised that Eukpeeh Lloyd, the victim’s legal guardian, had beaten the victim with a metal broomstick handle and whip the victim with an extension cord. The victim had gaping wounds as a result of this, and needed immediate medical attention,” says Smith. He also says the child had injuries from previous abuse.

Smith says some corporal punishment is allowed, but this is extreme.

The 4th defendant indicted on Friday was Bryon J. Daggett, 32, of Belpre, Ohio. He’s charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of drug administration equipment (2 capped syringes), driving on a highway without the required equipment, driving while suspended, and driving without a license. Daggett was arrested following a traffic stop in Frederick County. “Search incident to the arrest revealed about 71 individual packages of heroin which was bundled into eight bundles. So obviously, he was transported this heroin,” says Smith. He says Daggett purchased the heroin in Philadelphia and was taking it to Ohio to sell it.

These indictments move these cases quickly to the Circuit Court, where a trial date will be set.

By Kevin McManus