Man Charged In Bel Air Murder Held Without Bail

Victor Levi Colbert of Dundalk is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a Bel Air man.

A Harford County judge ordered that a Dundalk man charged with murder remain held without bail Wednesday based, in part, on his criminal history.

31, of the 100 block of William Wade Avenue, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault in connection with the death of 52-year-old Rodney Holmes Smith earlier this month.

Police found Smith dead in his apartment in the 200 block of Baltimore Pike in Bel Air on Dec. 9. Charging documents state he sustained stab wounds to the neck and the cause of death was sharp force trauma.

At Colbert's Wednesday afternoon bail hearing, Assistant State's Attorney Kemba Lydia-Moore said a latent finger print matching Colbert was taken from a vodka bottle inside Smith's apartment.

Lydia-Moore outlined Colbert's criminal record, which includes six convictions. He is currently on parole for drug possession with the intent to distribute and is on probation for a separate instance of drug possession with intent to distribute and attempted robbery, Lydia-Moore said.

"He is a danger to the community," Lydia-Moore said during the hearing in Harford County District Court.

Assistant Public Defender Bruce Andres said that Colbert lives with his mother and he is welcome to return home if released. Andres said that while Colbert currently lives in Dundalk, he did live in Harford County for two years and has ties to the area.

Colbert also addressed the judge through a closed circuit television system.

"I cannot control the charges trumped up against me," Colbert said. "There are clearly loopholes in this case."

Andres interrupted Colbert and advised him not to talk about the circumstances surrounding the charges because anything he said could be used against him. The defense attorney argued that Colbert has never failed to appear in court and wants to return home to be with his mother who is suffering from cancer.

"I didn't do this," Colbert said.

District Court Judge Susan Hazlett ordered that Colbert remain in custody without bail at the Harford County Detention Center based on the facts that he was on parole and on probation in other cases and now faces a new charge of murder.

Charging documents indicate illegal drug sales may have brought Colbert to Smith's Baltimore Pike apartment the night Smith died.

Around 8:30 a.m. Dec. 9, someone called 911 and reported a friend was covered in blood inside the apartment and had possibly killed himself, call records show. When police arrived they found Smith's body.

Smith's friend told police she talked to the victim shortly before 11 p.m. Dec. 8 and that Smith allegedly had said a man was there who wanted to sell and use crack cocaine, according to charging documents.

The woman told police that when she spoke with Smith, he said he was fine.

During the investigation, police found small amounts of crack cocaine on Smith's kitchen chair and residue on the kitchen table, according to charging documents.

While Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola initially characterized Smith's cause of death as blunt force trauma, charging documents state that he sustained stab wounds to the neck and the cause of death was sharp force trauma.

Jennifer December 14, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Where are you racists when a young white male goes and shoots up 20 children. Speak up!!!! What about your theory on a certain "demographic" committing crime. What about these caucasian mass murderers?!?!?!?! http://www.rolereboot.org/culture-and-politics/details/2012-07-why-most-mass-murderers-are-privileged-white-men
Ashley December 14, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Really? You can't even wait 24 hours after those poor children were murdered to try and start a race fight? Unbelievable.
PJB December 15, 2012 at 02:19 AM
This!? THIS is the guy who took my friends life?? Whatever happened, it wasn't worth a life. A life that, in spite of personal demons, brought light and humor to everyone who knew him. This makes me so sad.
Jennifer December 15, 2012 at 04:13 AM
This man is only a suspect in the murder. He hasn't been tried.
classylady December 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Rob, Karl, Ashley, and Belair Loser You all will be judged on judgement day. The nerve of you to talk about people of a" certain demographic" when you have other people of "certain demographics" going into elementary schools and colleges shooting multiple innocent children and adults!!! Boy when people of a "certain demographic" decide to kill they really go all out!!! DEVILS
Karl Schuub December 16, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Very clear you're referring to white people...while I never said black. I'm talking about urban, drug and criminal types and it has nothing to do with color. Hide behind a heinous crime if you want but surely even given the statistics of last week's horrendous tragedy I stand by my statements because it's overwhelming true and statistically proven.
1ke December 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Shuub, you ignore a cartload of other statistics and social undercurrents that stretch back beyond Jim Crow all the way to slavery. You dissemble. You avoid. You apply a literate gloss over the nasty, suburban isolationism. Anybody on the ground on this land mass is your fellow citizen and you as responsible for them as your are for your own little clique. As long as you pay your taxes and do what the law requires, you can say what you want, you sorry excuse for an American.
Karl Schuub December 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I have no responsibility for this thug or the shooting in CT. None, zero...I am not responsible for everyone on the planet. I am responsible for those I come in contact with in terms of treating others with mutual respect (that's mutual) and not making a civic nuisance of myself. The very idea that we all owe each other; that violence is our national responsibility is at the base of the problem - if it's everyone's responsibility then it's no ones responsibility. You're reaction to a simple truth "you sorry excuse" suggests you are less than civil and therefore part of the problem. A continued and ill-focused discussion regarding slavery won't stop urban youth in Chicago, Baltimore, Denver or DC from killing each other by the thousands.
Jennifer December 18, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Karl, you are outnumbered. Save your racist remarks for the uneducated. This group is well-informed and we understand that murder doesn't have a face or a race. It's happening all over the world. You are missing the mark in so many ways. Folks like you often learn their lessons by having to raise a wayward child that grows up to commit heinous crimes. God have mercy on you.
Karl Schuub December 18, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Being outnumbered doesn't make one correct...very small sampling of population when opinions are narrowed to the very few that post on Patch. Demographics can be so many things beyond race. Somehow however the baiters...those that seem to dwell on race as the end all to everything choose to see racism where none exists. What I find truly sad is that you can't comment on the overwhelming violence in inner cities and the near collapse of family structure there without those like you pulling that race card. You do realize you do no service to those you think you're protecting.
Jennifer December 18, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Your thoughts are the result of carefully crafted news stories. It's unfortunate that you blame society's ills on a "certain demographic". Let's talk about the long history of violence in this country. Where exactly did this start? Did Columbus and his crew come bearing gifts and good tidings? I don't think so. The history of this nation is dark and I'm sure some of your predecessors had much to do with it's narrow thinking and ideals. I say you research that and the results of that violence on various nations and peoples. You fear that you, like this unfortunate murdered soul, will end up murdered by some black man or someone from a certain "demographic". You live your life in fear and you resent it. Instead of appropriately dealing with your fears, you find someone to target. This is not much unlike Adam Lanza. He was afraid of being obscure and he targeted an innocent group so that he could live out his fears. You ought to check your reality sir. It's skewed.
Karl Schuub December 18, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Are you 6? We're talking about gun violence and you bring up Columbus? And then because someone dare refer to inner city gun violence which is well documented and discussed child it's something akin to Adam Lanza...read just about anything written about urban pathology by Daniel Patrick Moynahan; but then again you would have no idea who that is.
Steve December 18, 2012 at 08:26 PM
A kid is just as likely to get shot in a rural area as an urban area. http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/05/25/us-gun-deaths-idUSTRE64O3OY20100525
1ke December 18, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Maximum Feasible Misunderstanding was on the 1970's reading list, Schuub. It was written from a paternalistic point of view by a toady of patrician New England politicians. It does what you do: rephrase race in a way that puts the blame on the victim as a freak of social nature. Mister, you learned your lessons well, except for the math part about rates of incarceration, wealth, educational attainment, life expectancy, medical care and so forth. You will learn the hard way that you are responsible and every young 'un that rolls her eyes, sucks his teeth, bumps you off the sidewalk, laughs at you or curses in your face does so because Whitebread like you wears their prejudice on their sleeve.
Karl Schuub December 18, 2012 at 08:37 PM
First comment linked to that article just about covers it: "Gun violence is poorly defined here. Homicide is a violent affair with purposeful disregard for the health and safety of another. Accidental shootings are accidents, and not willful events. Suicide while violent and sad is self administered. Truthfully children in urban areas are more likely to die from gun violence..."
Karl Schuub December 18, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Angry much?
1ke December 18, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Nah. Everything is fine in America, don't you reckon?
1ke December 18, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Smug any?
Belair Loser Lookout December 19, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Racist? You need to take your liberal self and get some psychiatric help!
Belair Loser Lookout December 19, 2012 at 07:19 PM
He's as good as guilty. Why you defending him so much? Is here your lover?
Belair Loser Lookout December 19, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Ummm, excuse me psychoreligiouslady! I didn't say a word about race you, you ignorant fool. Watch your racist statements, and clear up your facts. And please change your name to something more fitting, such as "classless race baiter".
Belair Loser Lookout December 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Ok Ike, I get it. You are afro-american, and you think along the same lines as classless-race-baiter. If this productive member of society is guilty, why should my tax money go toward keeping him alive? Did the man he was accused of beating to death have a choice? You ignorant simpleton. And as far as your comment about income/ceo/taxes, let's just say I pay more in taxes annually than you ever will. Not a brag, just the facts sir. Buck up.
Belair Loser Lookout December 19, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Oh for God's sake Jennifer. You sound like every other Leftist tool I have ever met. You know everything, and the solution to all of the world's problems. I guess you think this thug should continue to suck the money out of our system after he gets convicted? Why don't we give his family some food stamps and free healthcare too. Maybe some cash assistance and free utilities too. Oh, let's not forget to subsidize their rent too!
Belair Loser Lookout December 19, 2012 at 07:30 PM
How the fuck do you know what troubled Adam Lanza? You his sister? His shrink? Come back with facts for once instead of your opinionated BULLSHIT!
Belair Loser Lookout December 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM
STFU! You sound like an angry person who feels shortchanged by a society that you think owes you something! Who's the racist here so far? All signs point to you sir.
Belair Loser Lookout December 19, 2012 at 07:33 PM
It's worse with victims of circumstance and liberal know-it-alls. By the way, you texting this on your free Obama phone?
Tom Thompson December 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM
My friend is dead and all of you are fighting and arguing as always. He had his demons, no doubt, and was trying to shake them but he was a good man who would have given the shirt off his back to someone in need. I weep for our society! Even if you disagree with another's point of view you should still respect their right to have it. Part of me hopes 12/21 is the end because this world needs a big flush to get rid of all the turds. Merry Christmas!
Jennifer December 21, 2012 at 05:39 AM
This world will never improve as long as we have racists and hateful internet thugs. They are obscure in life and vent their hate online. Merry Christmas to all of the bitter. I hope you find some holiday cheer.
Belair Loser Lookout February 07, 2013 at 06:14 PM
You have all of the solutions Jennifer. Come back with something productive. All you do in these forums is instigate. Typical Liberal know-it-all.
Honest Jane March 07, 2013 at 03:50 PM
First off all...Belair LOSER.....WHICH YOU ARE...he was far from a thug and a worthless piece of shit.......he was very well educated and very well respected in helpin out others....I'm not racists in any way shape or form but YOU DON'T SEE YOUR SO CALLED THUGS (WHICH YOU PROFILE AS COLORED PEOPLE) GOING AROUND SHOOTING UP INNOCENT KIDS OR EVEN INNOCENT PEOPLE...no do you? Its only YOUR KIND...THE WHITES WHO DO CRAZY AND DUMB SHIT LIKE THAT......SO May BE SOMEONE NEEDS TO PUT YOU ON TOUR KNEES AND DO AWAY WITH YOU


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