Crofton Man Indicted for Alleged Automobile Manslaughter; Ordered Held Without Bond

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Martin Martinez-Ballinas, 29, of Crofton, was indicted on two felony counts including Automobile Manslaughter and other related charges by an Anne Arundel County Grand Jury related to the death of United States Marine Lance Corporal James Ray Walden III, 21.

Mr. Martinez-Ballinas was ordered to remain in custody at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center after a court denied his related habeas corpus motion.

The Office of the State's Attorney asserted that Mr. Martinez-Ballinas should remain in custody due to the fact that he did not provide credentials establishing his lawful presence in the United States, his close ties with a foreign country (including a foreign passport) and his failure-to-appear for an earlier unrelated charge. After a hearing, Circuit Court Judge Stacy McCormack held in favor of the State's Attorney's Office and ordered Mr. Martinez-Ballinas to be held without bail.

"My office takes vehicle deaths very seriously and, when the evidence provides, we will pursue these types of cases to the fullest extent allowed by law", said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. “In addition, given the fact that Mr. Martinez-Ballinas is a flight risk, I am grateful for Judge McCormack's ruling to keep Mr. Martinez-Ballinas in jail, pending the resolution of these charges.”

On February 24, 2017 at approximately 3:36 pm, Anne Arundel Police Department was dispatched to the area of Patuxent Road and Conway Road for a report of a motor vehicle collision.

The indictment in this case alleges that the collision was caused by the driver of a 2007 BMW 335i operating the vehicle in a grossly negligent manner. While driving southbound on Patuxent Road, the driver exceeded the posted speed limit by approximately 30 mph. The posted speed limit was 35 mph. It is alleged that the driver lost control of the car in a curved section of the roadway, crossed the centerline of the roadway, and struck an oncoming motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist became separated from the vehicle and landed in the woods on the northbound side of the road.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Mr. Martinez-Ballinas, immediately fled the scene on foot.

Lance Corporal James Ray Walden III was pronounced dead by Anne Arundel County Paramedics at the scene at approximately 3:45 pm, and Mr. Martinez-Ballinas was located by police helicopter and police canine about a half a mile away hiding outside between large stacks of concrete pallets.

Lance Corporal James Ray Walden III was stationed at Fort Meade at the time.

A status conference for this case are set for June 23, 2017.


Couple Guilty of Armed Robbery at Annapolis Area Hotel

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Davin Allen, 30, of Baltimore, was found guilty of Armed Robbery, Reckless Endangerment, and False Imprisonment and that his accomplice, Jameria Bridges, 20, of Annapolis, plead guilty to Armed Robbery.

“This brutal assault on an unsuspecting visitor is an affront to the entire community,” said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. “We must keep this county safe for residents and visitors alike. I am thankful to the jury for showing that such heinous and predatory crimes will not go unpunished.”

On July 23, 2016 police responded to an Annapolis area hotel on Jennifer Road for a reported robbery. Upon arrival, the victim informed police that he was visiting from Canada for the wedding of a friend, and invited two individuals he believed were also wedding guests to his room. Upon gaining access to the hotel room, Davin Allen and Jameria Bridges held the victim hostage while they assaulted and robbed him.

Davin Allen tied the victim’s hands behind his back with a neck tie and viciously beat him as Jameria Bridges searched the room for valuables. Allen then used a clothes iron to burn the victim across his back, ears, face, and inner thighs while demanding the PIN number to his credit card.

Under threat of further violence, Allen lead the victim to an ATM machine and forced him to withdraw $400, the maximum daily limit of his card. When the victim plead for help from the hotel clerk, Allen and Bridges vacated the premises.

Police obtained information that the victim’s credit card was being used approximately one mile from the scene of the crime. Officers responded to the location and detained Davin Allen and Jameria Bridges, who were in possession of the victim’s credit card, cash, and car keys.

Davin Allen faces up to 28 years in prison as a result of his convictions and Jameria Bridges faces 10 years in prison for her conviction.

Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth presided over Allen’s case. Assistant State's Attorney April Skrenczuk prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.


Office of the State’s Attorney to Honor Victims and Witnesses at Annual Ceremony

In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the State’s Attorney Wes Adams is honored to host the annual Awards Ceremony & Luncheon on Thursday, April 6. Each year, this moving event acknowledges the strength of victims and survivors of crime in Anne Arundel County, and celebrates the heroic work of those who serve them.

"Our ability to fight crime and protect the citizens of Anne Arundel County is directly dependent on the willingness of witnesses and victims of crime to stand up to the accused and fight for justice." Said State's Attorney Wes Adams. "The entire law enforcement community applauds their strength and resilience."

National Crime Victims' Rights Week will be observed April 2 - 8. This year’s theme—Strength. Resilience. Justice.—reflects a vision for the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing. The State’s Attorney’s Office will present the following awards to members of our community who do an exemplary job of upholding these values:

Victims' Rights Week Award
The Victims' Rights Week Awards are given to people who have stepped forward to help crime victims in time of need. We are grateful to have courageous citizens who go above and beyond to demonstrate such tremendous compassion and integrity.
Recipients: John Fetty, Detective Stephanie Hinson, Delbert Howard, Jeremy Johnson, Caitlin Roach

Warren B. Duckett Jr. Memorial Commitment to Justice Award
The Warren B. Duckett Jr. Memorial Commitment to Justice Award is named after the former State's Attorney who worked to establish the Victims' Services Unit in Anne Arundel County. This prestigious award is presented to one professional in the victim services community who has worked to preserve and protect the rights of victims.
Recipient: Jennifer Corbin, Director of Crisis Response

The ceremony will begin at 12:00 pm in the Historic Courtroom of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court House. A luncheon will immediately follow the awards ceremony. Food will be provided by local restaurants and businesses that support us with generous donations.

All media are invited to attend. TV cameras are allowed in the courtroom.


Odenton Man Guilty in Domestic Violence Case

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Michael Hussey, 60, of Odenton, was found guilty of First Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Disorderly Conduct on charges connected to his assault of his wife, by Circuit Court Judge Mark W. Crooks on Wednesday evening.

“The harm that Michael Hussey has inflicted on his wife is unimaginable,” said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. “Every instance of spousal abuse is abhorrent, and I am glad this case ended in justice for the victim. My office will continue to seek justice for all victims of domestic violence.”

At approximately 4 am on September 11, 2015, Anne Arundel County Police responded to Orchard Overlook in Odenton, Maryland for a report of domestic violence. When the officer arrived, he found a woman lying across the sidewalk on her side. She told police that her husband, Michael Hussey, attacked her.

One day after she obtained a Protective Order against him, Mr. Hussey waited for his wife to exit her condo building on her way to work. He snuck up behind her and began cursing at her. Mr. Hussey then punched his wife in the face, causing her to fall to the ground and knock her head against the concrete.

Multiple neighbors were woken by the sound of screaming. They went outside to investigate the noise and found Mr. Hussey on top of his wife strangling her. As one witness attempted to subdue him, Hussey broke free, grabbed the keys to his wife’s car, and fled the scene.

Hussey led police on a high speed chase that resulted in injury to several Calvert County Police officers. He is currently pending trial in Calvert County for four counts of first degree assault of police officers due to this chase.

Michael Hussey faces up to 25 years in prison for first degree assault as a result of Wednesday’s convictions. Sentencing is scheduled for the morning of May 8.

Assistant State's Attorney Mary Setzer prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.