Court records detail not only Timothy Virts potential for violence but also the custody agreements for parenting the children he had with murder victim Bobbie Joe Cortez.
SNOW HILL, Md. - Diogo Facchini, the man accused in a drunken hit and run in Ocean City that killed a Towson student in May, has opted to take a plea deal. That's according to Cecilia Roe, the mother of the 22-year-old victim, Matthew Cheswick. Roe was in court in Worcester County Friday when the decision was announced.
Facchini, 30, of Virginia, was originally charged with negligent homicide by car while intoxicated, driving under the influence, failure to stop his vehicle at the scene of an accident involving a death and other charges. Roe says Facchini's deal includes a guilty plea to charges of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death. The remaining charges against him have been dropped.
Matthew Cheswick was a Howard County native and a 2008 graduate of Glenelg High School. He was killed while crossing Coastal Highway over the Memorial Day weekend. Facchini hit Cheswick while he was walking in the bus lane and continued to drive. Court documents show Facchini then made a turn onto a dead end street and was held until police could arrive.
Roe says she will have to make a victim impact statement at sentencing.
"It hurts, it hurts,” Michael Marion said. “Sometimes I just want to close my eyes when I go by. That way maybe it's not there, but it's there and every day we go by it, my boys see it every day, their bus goes by it every day."
Maryland hit-and-run reports by the numbers
Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has weighed in on a bill that asks Maryland hospitals with an ER to provide forensic exams for victims of sexual assault.
Lawmakers Friday introduced a bill in Annapolis that would place the responsibility on Maryland hospitals to provided certified forensic nurses for rape victims.
When a person is sexually assaulted, a clock starts ticking for evidence collection.
When a victim is raped, convincing them to go to the hospital can be tough. That’s just the first hard step after a horrific trauma.
This searchable database breaks down the number and dollar amount associated with rape kit reimbursements at certified Maryland hospitals.
Stats on hospital rape kit reimbursement claims 2011-2013.
An investigation has revealed serious safety concerns about one of the most popular children's toys on the market that is still being sold in stores despite consumer calls for a recall.