Murder Charges Stand Against Bel Air Teen
Robert Richardson III appeared in Harford County District Court Tuesday to waive his preliminary hearing.
A Bel Air teen charged with shooting and killing his father appeared briefly in court Tuesday to waive his preliminary hearing.
Robert Richardson III, 16, of the 800 block of Moores Mill Road, was charged as an adult on Jan. 10 with first- and second-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony or violent crime.
He appeared shortly after 11 a.m. in Harford County District Court for his scheduled preliminary hearing, but instead waived the hearing and was ushered out of the courtroom.
A preliminary hearing is a probable cause hearing where the court determines if there is evidence that a felony was committed and enough evidence to believe the defendant is the one who committed that felony.
Assistant public defender Eric MacDonell represented Richardson at the hearing while assistant state's attorney Melissa Lambert represented the state.
There were a number of people in court on behalf of Richardson, including his sister.
According to the young man's Facebook profile, he dubs himself a "Juggalo" which is a hardcore fan of the group "Insane Clown Posse."
The FBI considers Juggalos to be a growing gang threat, according to a piece on Huffington Post.
Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism. However, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales.