UPDATE: Hearing set for alleged Maryland newspaper shooter

PHOTO: The Front Page of the Capital Gazette a day after the newsroom shooting, Photo Date: 6/29/18
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the Annapolis newspaper shooting (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

The American Society of News Editors and The Associated Press Media Editors are asking newsrooms around the world to join in a moment of silence to honor the five employees who were killed last week at the Capital Gazette newspaper.

The groups are urging journalists around the globe to join The Baltimore Sun Media Group's moment of silence at 2:33 p.m. Thursday. It was at that time last Thursday when a gunman with a grudge against the paper attacked with a shotgun.

In a joint statement, the groups say the tragedy "tears at our hearts, tugs at our compassion and calls fourth our fears for the safety of all those on the front lines of truth, accountability and journalistic pursuit."

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2:10 p.m.

The Baltimore Sun Media Group will be observing a moment of silence for the five employees of the Capital Gazette who were killed last week in a shooting at the paper's Annapolis office.

Trif Alatzas is the company's publisher and editor-in-chief. He wrote in a letter to colleagues Monday that the moment of silence will be observed at offices in Annapolis, Baltimore and Carroll County.

It will be held at 2:33 p.m. Thursday. That's the time the shooting happened last Thursday.

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12:10 p.m.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the man charged with killing five employees at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis.

The hearing for 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos is set for July 24 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Ramos is charged with five counts of first-degree murder. He was ordered held without bail on Friday.

Ramos is being represented by the Anne Arundel County public defender's office. William Davis, who represented Ramos at his bail review hearing last week, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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8:16 a.m.

A woman whose harassment by Jarrod W. Ramos led to his vendetta against the Capital Gazette says she immediately panicked when she learned of the attack on the paper that killed five people.

Speaking with NBC's "Today" show in an interview aired Monday, she said his relentless abuse forced her to move out of Maryland, where Ramos is now charged with murder in Thursday's shootings.

"I would be afraid that he could show up anywhere at any time and kill me," she said. "I have been tormented and traumatized and terrorized for so long, that it has I think changed the fiber of my being."

NBC agreed to obscure her features and use only her first name, Lori.

She described their first contact, years ago: "He reached out to me via email, to ask if I remembered him from high school; I replied to him, nicely, that I did not," she said.

Several more exchanges followed, until, months later, she said she didn't write back quickly enough for him. His response: "He said f you, go kill yourself. You're going to need a protective order," she recalled.

Ramos eventually pleaded guilty to harassing the woman, which the newspaper reported, and from that point on Ramos launched a vendetta against the Gazette, threatening its staff online and in the courts.

"He is very cold, he is very calculated, he is very intelligent," Lori said. But "one thing that I do feel now is that he can no longer silence me."



 
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