Court links Maryland man to wife’s killing

Court links Maryland man to wife’s killing

Recently, the U.S. District Court in Baltimore convicted a 30-year-old
former U.S. Navy air traffic controller of interstate
domestic violence in connection with the stabbing death of his wife. He was also convicted
of attempted witness intimidation and attempted obstruction of an official
proceeding.

His wife’s body was discovered in a field in Maryland’s Eastern
Shore in June 2009. The defendant was found at a nearby house, while his
car was located in Washington, D.C. Federal authorities are convinced
that the husband and another individual are responsible for the killing,
but only the husband has been charged.

The defendant explained that he and his wife were driving from New York
to Maryland when they were abducted at a New Jersey rest stop by a masked
carjacker armed with a knife and a gun. He said the attacker got into
their vehicle and made then drive to Maryland. At one point, the assailant
instructed them to pull over on a quiet stretch of road. He then bound
the defendant and knocked him out, while he stabbed the man’s wife.

The prosecution believes that the defendant planned, participated in and
attempted to cover up his role in his wife’s death. Federal authorities
report that DNA and other evidence shows that the man took part in the
killing. Apparently, the man wrote a confession letter in which he reportedly
admitted being the “real killer.”

Further, the authorities pointed out that the defendant had purchased a
$500,000 life insurance policy prior to his wife’s death and had
spoken about wanting to marry another woman. They believe he picked up
his accomplice before they began driving south following a visit with
relatives in New York City and then made up the story about the armed
carjacker.

The court ordered that the defendant remain in federal custody until his
sentencing hearing this spring.