After several delays, the man accused of leaving a toilet that set off a February bomb scare in downtown Towson is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday.
Baltimore resident Duane G. Davis admits to on Washington Avenue outside the on Feb. 6. Attached, he left a cell phone, radio and a petition asking officials to persuade Illinois officials to reexamine the death of his son, Gerrell, who was killed during a botched robbery in Zion, IL in 2006.
When a county maintenance worker found the toilet on Feb. 7, police were called, including bomb squad technicians and a helicopter, to make sure the device was safe. Because of the scare, police shut down streets around the courthouse for several hours that morning.
Davis, 51, —making a false statement of a destructive device and planting a phony explosive device.
, however, that officials had no reason to suspect the device was anything other than what it was—a toilet. He claimed the toilet was a public statement, not a threat.
Several other toilets were placed around town by Davis, including outside Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters. Davis expressed disbelief that it took a day for the toilet in Towson to raise alarms.
"What happened on Sunday to make it a bomb threat on Monday?" Davis said in an interview with Patch in June.
After his arrest in February, Davis was initially held without bail and ordered to undergo a mental evaluation at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville.
At one point, Davis wanted his pro bono attorney Thomas Saunders to call a list of witness that included Gov. Martin O'Malley, State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and members of the Illinois and Maryland congressional delegations.
During a June court proceeding, and opted for a public defender.
If convicted, Davis could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each felony count.