Probable Cause Found in Case Against Maurice Hawkins

Judge Ronna Beck found probable cause today in the case against Maurice Hawkins, suspected of killing 56-year-old Baltimore woman, Barbara Lloyd.

Hawkins, 54, appeared in court Friday for the preliminary hearing on a charge of second-degree murder while armed.

According to charging documents in the case, Hawkins was arrested after lab testing determined that Lloyd’s DNA was found on Hawkins’ tennis shoes, t-shirt, backpack and inside the handle of a folding knife he carried.

Lloyd was homeless at the time of her death. She was found dead of an apparent stabbing in an alcove of the Old Post Office Pavilion on Aug 8. Hawkins is said to have been homeless as well.

Beck said video and DNA evidence, as well as an inconsistant statement Hawkins made about when he was with Lloyd convinced her that there was reason to believe Hawkins could have killed Lloyd. She ordered Hawkins held while a grand jury investigates the case.

A status hearing was set for June 8.

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