This story was updated at 4:15 p.m. May 7, 2012.
A Gaithersburg man charged with fatally shooting his son after an argument was denied bail on Monday in Montgomery County District Court.
Wayne Matthew Price, 55, who is charged with first-degree murder, answered direct questions when addressed by Judge Eugene Wolfe, who spoke to Price via a closed circuit television.
Steven Kupferberg, Price’s attorney, said he likely will appeal the bail status as Price did not intend to kill his son, Matthew Eugene Price, 23, when the two fought Saturday.
“This may turn out to be a lesser charge than first-degree murder,” Kupferberg said after the hearing,
Kupferberg said his client and his son fought before the shot was fired and cited “significant bruises” on his client. Kupferberg said a charge of manslaughter would be more appropriate given the circumstances of the case.
“My understanding of the case is that they had a disagreement over whether the young man was going to stay in the apartment.” Kupferberg said. “My client attempted to call 911, he attempted to talk to a police officer who lived in his apartment building and he stayed at the scene and was fully cooperative with police.”
Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Jeffrey Wennar painted a different picture of Wayne Price. He said the retired military serviceman refused to try to revive his son or try to save his life.
“He raised the gun, pointed it at [his son] and shot him in the center body mass,” Wennar told Wolfe with a shrug.
Family members, including the elder Price’s mother, sister and two brothers, were in court Monday but declined to comment.
Officers responded to an apartment in the 7900 block of Spiceberry Circle in Gaithersburg around 8:44 p.m. Saturday for a report of a shooting, and found Matthew Eugene Price with a gunshot wound, according to police. Attempts to revive Price, who was on the pavement in front of the building, were unsuccessful and he died at the scene, police said.
Wayne Price told police he shot his son during an fight and detectives seized the gun, police said.
Kupferberg declined to discuss details regarding his client’s military service or training. Kupferberg did say Wayne Price is a security guard who legally owned the gun used in the killing.
Wayne Price is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in his case June 1.