Southern Md. Police Beat: Montgomery County Ex-con charged in Big Dogs stabbing

 Ex-con from Rockville charged in Big Dogs stabbing

MECHANICSVILLE, MD. —   Maryland State Police Sgt. Jeffrey Jones reports that a Montgomery County man has been charged in the stabbing of Davante Daris Brooks at the Big Dogs in Paradise bar.

Police say that on Friday, December 05, 2014 at approximately 1:30 am Troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack, responded to the Big Dog’s Paradise Bar, located at 28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville, St. Mary’s County, MD 20659, for a reported stabbing.

Upon arrival, Troopers observed the victim, Davante Daris Brooks, lying on the ground to the rear of the building with two off duty Emergency Medical Technicians rendering aide. Preliminary investigation revealed Brooks was suffering from an apparent laceration to his abdomen area. Members of the Mechanicsville Rescue Squad arrived on scene and began to treat Brooks. Brooks was flown by Trooper 7 to a nearby Trauma Center for emergency treatment.  Investigators from Criminal Enforcement Division, Center South Region responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

Through several investigative leads, George Kelly Ketterman III, 32, of 520 Longwood Drive in Rockville, Md., was identified as the suspect that stabbed Brooks.  An arrest warrant was obtained for Ketterman, charging him with First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment.

It was also learned that Ketterman had additional active warrants for violation of probation through Frederick City Police Department and failure to appear on driving while suspended through Rockville City Police Department.

On January 7, 2015 members from the Maryland State Apprehension Team (MSAT) located Ketterman at a residence in Montgomery County.  Ketterman was arrested without incident and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending a hearing with the District Court Commissioner.

Brooks has since been released from the Trauma Center and is in stable condition. Brooks, of 21472 Mary Margaret Court in Lexington Park, Md., has had his own brush with the law. He was charged with theft on March 30, 2014 and on Sept. 23, 2014, St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz dropped the charge.

  • A warrant was issued for Ketterman for failing to appear to answer charges of driving without a license while revoked in Rockville, Md., on March 21, 2014.
  • Ketterman was found guilty in Frederick County District Court on July 16, 2013 for failing to stop for a police officer and fined $600 with $400 of the fine suspended and put on supervised probation. He was sentenced to jail for one year with nine months of the sentence suspended.
  • A Montgomery County District Court Judge denied a domestic violence protective order against Ketterman on Nov. 18, 2005. Another order which was granted against Ketterman on May 31, 2005 was dismissed on June 9, 2005.
  • A complaint made by Ketterman against Christina L. Ketterman on June 3, 2005 was heard in Montgomery County District Court on July 29, 2005 with Christina Ketterman found to be not guilty.
  • On Jan. 1, 2006, Ketterman was charged with theft and extortion in Montgomery County District Court. On March 2, 2006, both charges were dropped by Montgomery County States Attorney.
  • On Sept. 24, 2001, Ketterman was charged Harve De Grace Police Officer Everett Humphrey with burglary in Harford County Circuit Court. On March 28, 2002, Ketterman entered into a plea deal with the Harford County States Attorney and was sentenced to ten years in prison. The smoke and mirrors of Maryland’s judicial system kicked in and Ketterman’s sentence was suspended to serving only one year in jail and put on probation for five years.  By 2006 the terms of his probation were violated and the court issued a warrant for his arrest.
  • On Sept. 5, 2003, Ketterman was found guilty in Montgomery County District Court of resisting arrest and possession of a concealed deadly weapon. He was sent to prison for three years on the deadly weapon charge with the liberal Montgomery County judge immediately suspending two years and eight days of his sentence along with credit for thirty-five days he had already served.  On the resisting arrest charge he was fined $500, a rather tough fine designed to strike fear into the heart of a lawbreaker. The fine was suspended – in full. The fine for the deadly weapon charge was set at $1,000 and the hapless jurist suspended all of that fine as well. He was also given nine months in jail for the resisting arrest charge and five months was suspended. Ketterman’s defense was paid for by the taxpayers so he would have more money in his pocket to frequent bars like Big Dogs in Paradise. On Sept. 3, 2003 Ketterman was committed to jail and on Sept. 24, 2003, he was released, in spite of his longer sentence, according to court records.
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