Suspect In Newspaper Shootings Pleads Not Guilty

His plea was entered in electronic court papers filed on Monday.


Annapolis, Md (KM) A not-guilty plea has been entered by the man charged with the fatal shootings of five people at the Annapolis Capital newspaper last month. Jarrod Ramos’ plea was entered by his attorney who was filing electronic court papers on Monday.

Ramos was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, but his attorney, William Davis,  instead entered his client’s appearance by filing documents, including requests for discovery and a speedy trial.

The next step, according to Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams, is a status conference which could take place in August. “At that status conference, it is ordered we will discuss the scheduling of the motions’ hearings, trial date and any other administrative matter necessary to bring case throughout the prosecution,” he told reporters outside of the court house.

A Grand Jury indicted Ramos on 23 charges, including murder, attempted murder and assault.

County police say Ramos used a shotgun to blast his way into the newspaper’s offices on June 28th.

The Annapolis Capital wrote about Ramos pleading guilty to harassing a former high school classmate in 2011. Ramos had unsuccessfully sued the Capital’s reporter and the publisher for defamation.


By Kevin McManus