TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A Baltimore County man faces 10 years in prison for putting a toilet outside the Towson Courthouse. His trial was supposed to start Tuesday, but instead there’s a new twist in the case. Adam May was in court when the man’s defense attorney was fired.
A toilet decorated with pictures of politicians and a cell phone triggered a bomb scare outside the Towson Courthouse in February. Now Duane “Shorty” Davis was scheduled to face a judge Tuesday but he fired his attorney.
“I wanna tell people I was making a movie and he doesn’t want to tell people I was making a movie so we had to go our separate ways,” Davis said.
Davis, who’s working on a film about social injustice, has placed more than half a dozen toilets around the region, but the bomb scare led to felony charges of making a phony destructive device.
“The police knew the toilet wasn’t a bomb because I sent the police department videos,” Davis said.
After his arrest, Davis spent weeks at the Spring Grove mental hospital. Authorities were concerned he was a danger but shortly after an exclusive interview with WJZ, he was released.
“No, sir, never threatened anybody, no shape or form,” he said.
Davis is now free on bond and he wants his toilet back.
“That toilet belongs to me and this was artwork and a movie. It’s that simple; it’s my trademark,” Davis said.
Duane Davis is still searching for a new attorney. His trial is expected to begin September 13.