16-Year-Old Charged in Deadly Fair Assault to be Tried as a Juvenile

He was charged with two counts of 2nd-degree assault.

Frederick, MD – The case of 16-year-old charged in relation to a deadly assault at the Great Frederick Fair last year will remain in juvenile court following a day-long waiver hearing last Wednesday.

Frederick County Circuit Court Judge Julie Stevenson Solt issued a written opinion on Tuesday, denying the state prosecutor’s request to try him as an adult.

Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said the case will remain in the juvenile courts and will remain confidential as long as the proceedings are closed.

“We’re just going to move forward with the case,” Smith said. “And try to seek justice for the victim in the juvenile system.”

The victim in this case was 59-year-old John Weed of Mount Airy who was attacked when he visited the Frederick Fair in September

According to authorities, the 15-year-old delivered the final blow, and the 16-year-old brother spat on the victim after he fell to the ground.

Prosecutors have also filed a motion to move the case of the 15-year-old brother to adult court.

The 15-year-old brother charged with the fatal punch of the victim is awaiting a waiving hearing being held at an undisclosed time.

By Timothy Young