Bel Air Road Rage murder suspect Michael Simmons gets a retrial. He’s due back in court Jan. 7

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    Michael Razzio Simmons, 21, the Fallston man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing Patrick Walker in a road rage incident in 2006, yesterday was granted both a retrial and a postponement to allow his new lawyer to prepare for the Jan. 7 court date, according to an Examiner.com story. This past April, Simmons pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of the 23-year-old Bel Air man and received a 30-year-prison sentence. Three months after the plea and sentencing, Simmons new lawyer asked the court to rescind Simmons plea, arguing that Simmons old lawyer had not interviewed all the witnesses and had not made Simmons aware of all the available evidence. An assistant state’s attorney tried to get the request thrown out based on a technicality in how some documents were signed, but Circuit Court Judge William Carr dismissed that motion, the Examiner story said. Simmons’ new trial is scheduled for Jan. 7. The Examiner story says his new lawyers are expected to present witnesses who are expected to testify Simmons was defending himself during the confrontation behind the Harford County Health Department on a busy Friday afternoon.

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