Accused cop killer held without bail

Monday, October 18, 2010
Anne Kramer and the Associated Press

Police say this man Sian James threw a piece of concrete that struck an off-duty detective killing the officer.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld on the death of the off-duty detective.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi on charges in the murder of the police detective.Download This File
A Baltimore judge has denied bail for a Baltimore man charged with killing a police officer during an argument over a parking space in Canton.

Sian James is charged with first-degree murder and assault charges in the death of Detective Brian Stevenson.

The 18-year veteran with the department, would have turned 38 on Sunday, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Stevenson was out celebrating with a friend after 10 p.m. in the southeastern part of the city when it happened.
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Guglielmi tells WBAL Radio that James got into an argument with Stevenson and his friend over a parking space in the 2800 block of Hudston Street in Canton when James picked up a piece of concrete from the ground and threw it at Stevenson’s head.

Stevenson sustained head trauma and died later that night at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Police say that James then went to a nightclub. Guglielmi says witnesses some of whom were with the suspect were helpful in providing information to investigators that led to James.

The attack happened in what Guglielmi described as “a very safe part of town.” He said he lacked the words “to describe how heinous this act of violence is for something as truly petty as a parking space.”

Stevenson, who was married and had children, was assigned to the Northwest District detective unit that investigates crimes such as shootings, assaults and robberies, Guglielmi said.

There are no further charges pending against anyone else in the investigation according to Guglielmi.

James did not admit to the crime and did ask for an attorney during questioning.

Guglielmi says that James has a prior record of domestic violence crimes.

Detective Stevenson is being described by other officers as a detective who was “calm and passionate about his work.”

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement on the death of Detective Stevenson. Here is the statement.

‪”The death of Officer Brian Stevenson is a tragedy for his family, the Police Department, and the entire City. ‪The family and friends of Officer Stevenson are in my thoughts and prayers. ‪

Brian devoted his life to protecting the people of Baltimore. Like his brothers and sisters in uniform, he deserves our respect and admiration for that commitment. To honor his life, I hope that the people of this city follow his example and renew their commitment to making every community safer.”‪


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