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Seven are indicted by grand jury

By Gina Gallucci-White

Saturday - 7/31/2010, 12:51pm  ET

A home invasion shooting, an attempted extortion and a domestic stabbing are among the cases in which a Frederick County grand jury handed down indictments Friday.

Three of four young men accused of breaking into a home, stealing several items and shooting the resident were indicted, said Frederick County State's Attorney Charlie Smith.

Rory Koerber, 19, of Germantown, Nathaniel Hoy, Otagwyn Jelaine Brown, both 18 and of Frederick , face charges including first-degree assault, theft, first-degree burglary, handgun violation and conspiracy.

The group broke into a home in the 200 block of South Market Street on July 13 and stole several items valued at least at $1,000, according to the Frederick Police Department. The resident was shot in the leg during the break-in and had to be treated at a trauma center.

Detective Sgt. Joe Hayer said Friday the victim has been released from the hospital and is recovering from his injures.

The fourth person originally accused in the home invasion, Lamont McMullen, 18, of Frederick , was indicted on a separate case along with Koerber.

The two are facing charges of first-degree burglary, theft, malicious destruction of property and conspiracy in the July 6 burglary of an apartment on Willowdale Drive, Smith said. Assistant State's Attorney Kirsten Brown would not comment when asked why McMullen was not indicted in the July 13 home invasion.

Koerber is being held without bail at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. His three co-defendants in the July 13 home invasion remain in lieu of $500,000 bail.

A Frederick man was indicted on an extortion charge and four traffic offenses after he demanded $3,500 from a former Frederick County Public Schools teacher.

A letter sent to the man on July 8 demanded cash in exchange for a family's silence, according to charging documents. The family claimed a relative was molested by the man and needed the money for the boy's rehabilitation.

The man contacted Frederick police and along with assistance from detectives arranged for the letter writer to pick up a white envelope filled with money from underneath a mailbox at Center and Pearl streets, the documents state. Seconds after the man dropped off the envelope, Charles M. Kahiga, 24, of Frederick , picked up the envelope and led officers on a vehicle chase before his arrest.

Kahiga was released July 10 after posting $6,500 bail.

Sumayyah Seymour has been indicted on charges of attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

The 47-year-old is accused of stabbing her husband, Mark Seymour, on July 10 after an argument over money at the couple's Thurston Road home. Sumayyah Seymour gambled the money away, according to charging documents.

Mark Seymour has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, Frederick County Sheriff's Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said Friday morning.

Sumayyah Seymour is being held at the detention center in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Franklin M. Ferguson, 21, was arrested by Frederick police and charged in a June 26 home invasion on Willowdale Drive.

Ferguson and another man had been staying with a woman at her home until she kicked them out, police said. The two returned to the home and broke down the door. The woman was assaulted and a gun was held to her head.

Items worth about $2,000 altogether were taken from the apartment, including a flat-screen TV and a cell phone, police said.

The Frederick resident was indicted on 20 charges including armed robbery, burglary, assault, theft, malicious destruction of property, reckless endangerment and conspiracy, Smith said.

Ferguson remains at the detention center in lieu of $500,000 bail.

All cases will now be moved to Frederick County Circuit Court. No trial dates have been set.

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