Defendant Denied Bail in Connection to Shooting at Ex-Girlfriend and Her Family

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A 41-year-old Baltimore man accused of shooting at his ex-girlfriend and her family members during an argument last month was denied bail on Sept. 12 in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Defense attorney Kati-Jane Childs argued her client, Dwaun Hawkins, was not the initial aggressor when the shooting occurred on Aug. 10, but that it was his then-girlfriend who allegedly pulled a handgun on him during an argument.

According to the prosecutor, the victim admitted this to Baltimore Police Department officers, saying her grandson intervened during the couple’s fight and she pulled a handgun on the defendant to keep him from continuing to hurt her grandson. Hawkins allegedly got ahold of the handgun and opened fire.

Referring to the court’s statement of charges, Judge Kendra Y. Ausby ruled Hawkins to be held without bail given the allegations.

The defendant is currently charged with four counts each of attempted first and second-degree murder, first-degree assault, firearm use in a felony or violent crime and reckless endangerment, five counts of second-degree assault and single counts of having a handgun on his person and firing a gun in Baltimore City. 

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