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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Murder Suspect Released by Judge Is Missing

Murder Suspect Released by Judge Is Missing.
wjla.com, 12 Mar 2009 (Bell).
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - The accused killer released to the custody of his mother by a Prince George's County judge [Hassan Ali El-Amin] is apparently missing, ABC 7 News has learned.

Sheriff's deputies seeking to serve 18-year-old Sean Sykes a summons have discovered that the address used by Sykes and his mother Wanda is bogus, a Sheriff's Department spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

Efforts to locate Sykes have been unsuccessful and the Sheriff's Department considers him a "wanted" man, the spokesperson said.

Sykes is accused of second-degree murder in the Feb. 24 stabbing death of 24-year-old Rene Belasco. He was beaten and stabbed to death, his body was then dragged and dumped in front of an Oxon Hill apartment building.

Sykes appeared before District Court Judge Hassan Ali El-Amin last on March 5. He told the judge he was a witness in the case and not the killer. The judge released him to the custody of his mother on personal recognizance.

Such pre-trial releases of accused murderers are almost never granted.

State's Attorney Glenn Ivey has filed a motion for re-arrest, claiming Sykes is a danger to the community and to those who witnesses the crime.

He's due in court Friday morning for a hearing to determine if he should be locked up.
Md. Man Arrested on Drug Charge After Being Freed in Murder Case.
Post, 13 Mar 2009 (Castaneda ).
An 18-year-old murder defendant who had been released without bond by a Prince George's County judge was taken into custody last night on an unrelated drug charge.

Sheriff's deputies and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Sean M. Sykes without incident in the District about 11 p.m., officials said. Sheriff's deputies had been unable to locate him to serve a summons in the case earlier in the day, and a judge then issued a warrant.

Sykes is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 24 stabbing of Rene R. Belasco. Prosecutors said Sykes and another suspect threatened to kill a witness who saw them dragging Belasco's body from an apartment complex in Oxon Hill.
Based on the murder charge, prosecutors yesterday asked Circuit Court Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr. to resurrect the drug charge. Nichols did so, and sheriff's deputies went to Sykes's apartment to serve him with the summons.

POST: PG Judge Hassan A. El-Amin Defends Release of Murder Suspect who threatened witnesses, 11 Mar 2009

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(Updated 13 Mar 2009)

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