16-year-old defendant in Great Frederick Fair death case has waiver hearing

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — A teenage defendant charged in connection with the death of 59-year-old John Weed at the Great Frederick Fair last year will have a waiver hearing on Wednesday.

The 16-year-old suspect faces two counts of assault. In a closed hearing at the Frederick County Courthouse, the judge will decide whether the teen should be tried as an adult or a teen. The defense and prosecution will both present arguments, and the state is expected to bring witnesses including a detective with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim’s sister and mother are also in the courtroom Wednesday, and are expected to make a statement after the hearing. WDVM will be updating this article with their statement and the judge’s decision.

Photo of the victim, John Weed of Mount Airy.

Weed, of Mount Airy, Maryland, died on September 21, 2019 at a hospital after he was allegedly attacked by two teenagers at the Great Frederick Fair the previous day. Deputies from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said Weed was found lying on the ground unconscious around 5:30 p.m. and was flown to R. Cowley Adam’s Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment.

At a press conference on Sept. 23, 2019, Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said a 16-year-old suspect first punched Weed in the back of the head and a 15-year-old suspect delivered a deadly blow to Weed.

According to Smith, interactions between the victim and two suspects began with the suspects asking the victim for a dollar.

The 16-year-old faces two counts of second-degree assault and his 15-year-old brother was charged with manslaughter and assault.

On a GoFundMe page, Weed’s sister posted this statement: “Our lives have been changed forever due to the unprovoked vicious attack these individuals inflicted on my brother John Weed. He was my rock. We moved our parents, my daughter and my two young grandchildren to Frederick County a year ago, with the dream of living together and helping care for my aging parents.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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