Judge Signs Order For Homicide Defendant’s Mental Health Evaluation

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A Cumberland man accused of fatally stabbing 63-year-old Keith Bell in September 2022 will undergo a mental health evaluation on March 16 before proceeding in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Defense attorney Jason Silverstein appeared in mental health court on March 15, waiving the presence of his client, 34-year-old Gordon Staron, who is charged with first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon with the intent to injure.

Judge Gale Rasin informed counsel that she signed an order to transport the defendant to a facility for his evaluation on Thursday after which he will be placed back into custody. The judge rescheduled Staron’s next court appearance for April 19 to review the results.

The defendant is also scheduled to appear in reception court on April 17, according to the Maryland Judiciary website.

Baltimore Police reported Staron’s arrest on Sept. 8, 2022, in connection to Bell’s death two days prior on the 1400 block of E. Monument Street. Bell was found with multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead by medical personnel at John Hopkins Hospital.

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