Youth Charged As Adult In Stabbing Ordered Held Without Bond

The judge also ordered DJS to conduct a study on a transfer of this case to juvenile court.

William Romero-Cortez


Frederick, Md (KM)   The 17-year-old boy charged as an adult in a stabbing early Tuesday morning was ordered held without bond.  William Romero-Cortez of Springfield, Va. is charged with attempted 1st-degree murder, 1st-degree assault, 2nd-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the stabbing outside of the Mattress Warehouse on New Design Road.

At the request of defense attorneys,  District Court Judge Janice  Ambrose ordered the Department of Juvenile Services to conduct a study to determine if a transfer to juvenile court is appropriate.

A preliminary hearing in District Court has been scheduled for July 6th at 9:00 AM.

At around 3:15 AM on Tuesday, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to  4949 New Design  for the stabbing.  They found the victim, Franklin Hernandez, 27, of Springfield, Va., with multiple stab wounds.  He was medivaced to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

Deputies found Romero-Cortez about a half hour later in a nearby neighborhood,  and took him into custody.

Detectives found a three-inch long knife at the scene.


By Kevin McManus