Greg Stokes Pleads Guilty

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Greg Stokes Pleads Guilty - Murder suspect changes plea Gregory Stokes...
Murder suspect changes plea Gregory Stokes pleads guilty in slaying West Ocean City resident Pamela Balk By Patrick Gavin Staff Writer SNOW HILL Murder suspect suspect Gregory Stokes, accused in the slaying of Pamela Balk and her dog in West Ocean City on Jan. 11, switched his plea Monday from not criminally responsible by reason of insanity insanity to guilty. Though State's Attorney Joel Todd originally pursued a first-degree first-degree first-degree murder conviction, Stokes pleaded guilty to second-degree second-degree second-degree murder. He also pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals, according to court documents. The new plea came after a call to Todd's office during Monday's court session from a doctor at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital who concluded the defendant was criminally responsible at the time the shooting occurred. Judge Theodore R. Eschenburg found Stokes guilty of both counts and agreed to use an Aug. 8 trial date as the sentencing hearing. The judge ordered a pre-sentencing pre-sentencing pre-sentencing pre-sentencing investigation be completed completed before the hearing date. What's next Stokes will be sentenced at a hearing Aug. 8. Judge Theodore R. Eschenburg ordered a pre-sentencing pre-sentencing pre-sentencing investigation be completed before the hearing date. Police reports chronicle the slaying in which Stokes killed Balk and her dog and left in her father's Kia, only to crash the car in Salisbury, allegedly while intoxicated. After calling a cab, Stokes was questioned briefly by police regarding the abandoned vehicle, but was released. Stokes then rode in the cab back to the Balk's parent's Mystic Harbor neighborhood home and was spotted leaving the home again, this time in Balk's Jeep. He later phoned an old high school friend and confessed confessed to the murder, police said. Stokes was captured by Maryland State Police the morning of Jan. 13. Signed testimony of Stokes' brother, Robert, alleges Stokes and Balk "partied on (cocaine) for a while" before Stokes became agitated and snapped. The testimony, dated Jan. 13, also stated Gregory Stokes admitted to his brother he "felt like a coward for shooting a girl." pgavindmg.gannett.com 410-213-9442 410-213-9442 410-213-9442 410-213-9442 410-213-9442

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  1. The Daily Times,
  2. 07 Jun 2007, Thu,
  3. Page 9

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