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Murder suspect competent to stand trial

Leonardtown, MD- One of eight suspected drug dealers facing second-degree murder charges in connection with deadly overdoses in St. Mary’s County has been deemed competent to stand trial.

Mark Steven Garner II, 28 of Dowell, appeared in St. Mary’s Circuit Court Wednesday, Aug. 23 before Judge Karen H. Abrams. Garner is charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and controlled dangerous substance (CDS) -distribution of narcotics.

Investigators said Garner sold heroin to Barbara Ann Sneden in August of 2016. She died from an overdose. A month later, Calvert County detectives searched Garner’s home and found a large quantity of heroin. In addition to the charges he’s facing in St. Mary’s County, Garner is also charged with five additional charges in Calvert County, including altering physical evidence of a crime process, conspiring to alter physical evidence of a crime process and bury/disposal of a body in an unauthorized place.

In court, Judge Abrams ruled Garner competent to stand trial, which is currently scheduled for March 2018. During the hearing, Garner questioned the court about his rights to a speedy trial. Judge Abrams told him to discuss it with his attorney.

Garner has a criminal history stretching back 10 years since he was 18 years old. Gardner has been charged and convicted of CDS-possession not marijuana, CDS possession with intent to distribute, CDS-possession of marijuana, first degree burglary, CDS-distribution of narcotics and third-degree burglary.

Naomi Hurley at n.hurley@thebaynet.com

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