Convicted Killer Called Most Dangerous Man In Md.
Mary Bubala BALTIMORE (WJZ) ― Convicted killer Kevin Johns is called the most dangerous man in Maryland. He's behind bars, but some fear he could kill again.
Mary Bubala explains why this prisoner is such a problem for the state.
The state says Johns is a "time bomb waiting to explode." Police say he's "got a contract with the devil."
He is a vicious killer. His first victim was his own uncle. Once behind bars, he killed again--twice.
Now he sits in solitary confinement at Supermax in Baltimore, where many fear he will find a way to kill again.
"He told the judge, `I am going to kill again the first chance I get," said Melissa Rodriguez.
She knows all too well Kevin Johns' violent nature. He killed her son, Philip Parker Jr., on board a prison bus in February 2005. In a grisly confession, Johns admitted he choked Parker with his arm chains and finished him off with a razor blade.
In June, Judge Emory Plitt found Kevin Johns guilty of Parker's death. But because of his long history of mental illness, held him not criminally responsible.
Now Johns presents a serious problem for the state of Maryland because for the first time ever someone found not criminally responsible is housed at Supermax instead of a state mental institution.
The dilemma is in prison, Johns cannot be forcefully medicated for his mental illness like he can be at the psychiatric hospital. He can only be offered treatment.
No one will say for sure whether Kevin Johns is actually taking his medication as he sits in Supermax. Why is this a concern? Records show every time Johns has killed, he's been off his meds.
"There are three homicides in his lifetime. That's not a good record but in each case, the homicide was preceded by no medication or improper medication," said Harry Trainor, Johns' attorney.
Trainor says Johns must be medicated, by force if necessary.
"He's battling mental illness now, almost completely on his own," he said.
But is Johns refusing his medication? The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will only tell Eyewitness News, "Johns has been offered appropriate clinical services and he will continue to be offered treatment."
The bottom line is that no one wants Kevin Johns, not the guards at Supermax and not Perkins. But his victims' families say he has to be dealt with or tragedy will follow.
"Yes, he does need to be someplace where he will be medicated so people around him can be safe," Rodriguez said, "and I don't know what the state of Maryland is going to do."
Kevin Johns remains in solitary confinement and is always restrained around staff or other inmates. When out of his cell, he's always in leg irons and a waist chain.
Defense attorneys are challenging the decision to keep Johns at Supermax. The issue is now before the Court of Special Appeals.