A black man who was shot dead on Monday in an apartment located in Maryland is said to have been concerned for his safety after his white neighbor confronted him.
11 News reports that the deceased had filed a peace order before his death because he was scared and felt threatened. According to a copy of the civil court hearing, the judge was told by 22-year-old Tyrique Hudson that the first time he interacted with James Verombeck was on February 16. He said his interaction with the 53-year-old was for between 20 to 30 seconds.
Hudson filed for a peace order not long after the encounter. He had reported that Beronbeck said, “he knew that day was approaching and he was aware of what he did.” This made Hudson afraid as he was unsure of what Verombeck meant. He also told the judge that he had discovered a hidden camera in his apartment placed there by the accused.
11 news reports,
“Russell asked, “How do you know he’s videotaping you?”
Verombeck replied, “I see things he reacted to. The only way you can get a reaction is if he is watching.”
The judge asked, “You’ve never seen this video camera?” Verombeck replied “No.”
Hudson denied the allegation, saying “The idea that I’m recording, and I just moved here, and I’ve never met him a day in my life doesn’t seem right.”
Under Maryland law:
- A peace order is a form of legal protection for anyone experiencing problems with an individual.
- You can get one for an act that causes serious bodily harm or an act that places you in fear of serious imminent bodily harm.
- But there is a burden of proof. The person seeking a peace order must provide the court with reasonable grounds a prohibitive act was committed and a similar prohibitive act is likely to occur in the future.”
Judge Russell denied the petition for the peace order and Hudson was killed in that same apartment about 2 months later. Verombeck has been slammed a first-degree murder charge without bail. He is also being placed on a suicide watch.