Bel Air road rage murder suspect drops bid for new trial, according to The Examiner


    Today’s Examiner newspaper included a small item on page 5 that said Bel Air’s road rage murder suspect Michael Razzio Simmons “dropped his bid for a new trial.” The item went on to say that Simmons, 21, “continued to plead guilty to second-degree murder” in connection with the stabbing death of Patrick Walker, who was killed in downtown Bel Air following an incident of road rage in May 2006. Simmons pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last April and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. 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. Simmons new trial had been scheduled for this past Jan. 7, according to a previous Examiner story. Click here for previous BANV posts on the case.