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Second degree murder suspect released from jail

Leonardtown, MD- A California man facing a list of felony charges, including second degree murder, was granted a level four release Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Geoffrey Uhall, 30, is one of eight people charged in St. Mary’s County in connection with fatal drug overdoses. In August, Governor Larry Hogan, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron and St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Richard Fritz announced the indictments against suspected drug dealers in connection with overdose deaths in the county. Several of those overdose deaths were linked to the powerful opioid Fentanyl and the even stronger opioid Carfentanil.

Uhall is also facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and additional distribution and possession charges in connection with the death of Colleen Cord. Investigators allege Uhall sold Cord heroin laced with Fentanyl. The medical examiner confirmed her death was linked to an overdose mixture of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.

At his bond review, the Honorable Judge David W. Densford granted a motion to release Uhall without bond. The level four pre-trial release allows Uhall to live at home while wearing a monitoring device. Uhall is permitted to go to and from his real estate classes and to drug treatment.

Uhall’s attorney, James Farmer, spoke with TheBayNet.com about the case against Uhall. “He is not a drug dealer. He was contacted by the victim and he took her to his dealer.” Farmer said Uhall admitted to police both he and Cord pitched in to purchase heroin and they both used it.

Farmer feels Uhall’s honestly ultimately led to the charges against him, “Because he was with her, it was easy to pin it on him.”

Uhall’s family was in court for support on Tuesday. Judge Densford asked the family if they were willing to take responsibility for Uhall during his release and they agreed.

Uhall has no prior criminal record in the state of Maryland.

Contact Joy Shrum at j.shrum@thebaynet.com

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