Media Advisory: Circuit Court Drug Court to Graduate 6 More Participants for 2017

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that the Circuit Court Drug Treatment Court will graduate 6 more participants for 2017 on Monday, November 20th, at 2:00 pm in Annapolis Circuit Courtroom 4C. Rev. Valie Leonard, founder of the Light of Truth Center, will serve as the keynote speaker.

"Drug Court graduation is an excellent opportunity to give thanks to the members of our community who have committed themselves to combating our county's opioid epidemic," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I hope the efforts of these graduates will serve as inspiration to all those seeking to rebuild through recovery."

Drug Treatment Courts are a specialized docket for non-violent Anne Arundel County residents whose involvement in the criminal justice system is rooted in serious addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Anne Arundel County's Circuit Court Adult Drug Treatment Court program began in 2005, and works to improve our community through enhanced public safety. By providing judicially-supervised treatment to substance abuse offenders, this program reduces the social and economic costs of criminal activity and traditional incarceration.

This initiative is a collaborative effort among the Circuit Court, the State's Attorney's Offices, the Maryland Judiciary Office of Problem Solving Courts, the Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant, the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Office of the Public Defender, the Division of Parole and Probation, and the Department of Health. Relationships with other community agencies such as the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, and the many local treatment providers are considered vital to the success of the program.

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All media are invited to attend. TV cameras are not allowed in the courtroom.


Glen Burnie Man Guilty of First Degree Murder

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Michael Carroll Wilson, 44, of Glen Burnie pleaded guilty to the first degree murder of his girlfriend.

"Michael Wilson committed an act of unfathomable brutality and is wholly responsible for the tragic death of Ms. Barkley," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Although little can be done to quell the loss of a loved one, I hope her daughter is able to find some solace in the knowledge that Mr. Wilson has been brought to justice and will be subject to life in prison."

On May 7, 2016, at approximately 10:00 PM, Michael Wilson returned to his apartment and began pacing between the living room and bedroom where his girlfriend, Charlotta Barkley, remained. The two began arguing for several minutes. Barkley exited the bedroom and was visibly frightened. She instructed her daughter to get dressed so they could leave for the store.

As they walked out of the apartment, Barkley contacted Anne Arundel County Police to request assistance. Wilson followed the victims to their vehicle. When he heard sirens, he began chasing Barkley and eventually attacked her with a knife.

When Barkley's daughter attempted to intervene, Wilson stabbed her in the hand, and continued stabbing Barkley in the back and upper body area before fleeing the scene on foot.

Both victims got into their vehicle and drove to the hospital. Although she was immediately administered emergency treatment, Charlotta Barkley became unresponsive and was pronounced deceased at approximately 2:12 AM on May 8, 2016. Barkley's daughter received medical attention for the injuries to her hand.

The state is seeking life without the possibility of parole for a sentence in this case. Sentencing is scheduled for February 1, 2018.

Judge Michael Wachs presided over the case. Deputy State's Attorney Claude de Vastey-Jones and Assistant State's Attorney Mary Setzer prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.


Annapolis Man Guilty of Manslaughter

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Santos Abel Diaz-Lemus, 31, of Annapolis, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the death of Fredy Roberto Lopez-Martinez.

"Mr. Diaz-Lemus exerted an unreasonable amount of force when he used a screwdriver against an unarmed opponent," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Had it not been for this escalation in violence, the victim would be alive today. I'm grateful to all agencies involved in holding Mr. Diaz-Lemus accountable for his actions and bringing him to justice."

On June 17, 2017, Howard County Fire and Rescue responded to a report of an unconscious man. Upon arrival, authorities located Fredy Roberto Lopez-Martinez laying in his car outside of his home. Lopez-Martinez was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where he was treated for an extensive intracranial bleed, skull fracture, and left orbital roof fracture. The victim's condition continued to decline, and he was pronounced brain dead on June 27, 2017.

After determining the altercation leading to the victim's death occurred in Jessup, Maryland the case was referred to Anne Arundel County Police. Upon investigation, police learned that on the evening of June 16, the victim and the defendant, Santos Abel Diaz-Lemus, met at the victim's home in Columbia, Maryland and drank alcohol. When the defendant announced that he needed to leave to go buy milk for his kids, the victim became upset and asked him to stay and continue to drink. The defendant refused and left without incident.

Later that same evening, the victim and his companion decided to continue drinking at their coworker's home in Jessup, Maryland. When they arrived, they saw the defendant's car in the driveway. The victim became enraged and parked his car behind the defendant's, obstructing the defendant's ability to leave. He then continued to drink while waiting for the defendant to exit the residence.

The defendant exited the residence and got into his car. The victim walked over to the car, opened the door, and began striking the defendant with his fists. The defendant exited the car with a screwdriver in his hand, and struck the victim three times, puncturing him once above the left eye. The defendant then fled the scene.

An arrest warrant was issued for Diaz-Lemus. He was apprehended in Kingwood, Texas on July 13, 2017 and extradited back to Maryland.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 14, 2017.

Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch presided over the case. Deputy State's Attorney Claude de Vastey-Jones and Assistant State's Attorney Brian Palmer prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.


Woodlawn Man Guilty of Grossly Negligent Manslaughter

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Johnathan Derek Simms, 32, of Woodlawn, was found guilty of grossly negligent manslaughter and related charges by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth.

"Mr. Simms displayed a selfish disregard for the safety of others on the day of this collision, and continues to refuse to accept responsibility for the tragic loss of life caused by his own cowardly actions," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I'm grateful to Judge Silkworth for seeing past this man's excuses, and providing justice to the victim's family."

On April 4, 2016, Maryland State Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Johnathan Simms, who was traveling 73 mph in a 55 mph zone. Rather than stop his vehicle, Simms evaded police and accelerated to speeds in excess of 90 mph.

Police pursued Simms for approximately 3.7 miles before he turned his vehicle down the wrong side of the road and continued moving at a high rate of speed. While traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Aviation Boulevard, Simms struck an oncoming vehicle.

After the collision, Maryland State Police attempted to render aid to the operator of the struck vehicle. However, the victim ultimately succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Simms was found guilty of grossly negligent manslaughter, criminally negligent manslaughter, fleeing and eluding resulting in death, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, and negligent driving. Sentencing is scheduled for January 23, 2018.

Judge Ronald A. Silkworth presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Michael McGraw prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.