Former Baltimore City teacher charged with conspiracy to commit murder of minor – Baltimore Sun

Former Baltimore City teacher charged with conspiracy to commit murder of minor – Baltimore Sun
Former Baltimore City teacher charged with conspiracy to commit murder of minor – Baltimore Sun

A former Reginald F. Lewis High School teacher was arrested last week and charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Matthew Biegel, a 38-year-old former agriculture teacher, is accused of driving a minor to McElderry Street in the Ellwood Park/Monument area on July 10, where the passenger shot another minor multiple times, hitting him in the face and torso, according to Baltimore City District Court charging documents. The names of the alleged shooter and victim were redacted due to their ages, said a spokesperson for the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office.

Biegel, a Parkville resident, was charged with 12 counts in the case, including attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the first and second degree.

He could not be reached for comment and does not have an attorney listed for this case in online court records.

Police wrote in charging documents that Biegel was in an “inappropriate relationship” with one of the young men at the time, and the alleged shooter and victim were in a “volatile on again off again relationship.”

The victim was taken to the Johns Hopkins Hospital and remains in critical condition, according to the documents dated April 24.

A warrant was issued for Biegel’s arrest April 24, which was served Tuesday. He was then released by a judge on a $500,000 bond Thursday. The case’s preliminary hearing is set for May 28.

Biegel also faced three charges in a now-closed case from August 2023, a month after the shooting. Charges leveraged against him included harboring a fugitive but were dropped April 26, according to online court records.

The Baltimore City Public School System told The Baltimore Sun on Monday that Biegel is no longer employed by the system. He worked at Reginald F. Lewis High from September 2015 to August 2023, but a spokesperson for the school system declined to comment on the cause of his leaving.

Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Hubbard contributed to this article.

 
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