Woman pleads guilty in hacksaw slaying Suspected drug dealer stabbed, sawed in half

October 03, 1990|By Raymond L. Sanchez | Raymond L. Sanchez,Evening Sun Staff

A 23-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to participating in the slaying of a suspected Reservoir Hill cocaine dealer whose body was cut in half with a hacksaw and disposed of in two trash bags.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors are to ask a judge to impose a 15-year prison sentence for second-degree murder and require the woman to testify in the trial of co-defendant Hazard S. Wilson, 31.

Ramona Rolen-Valraie, of the 800 block of Maury Ave., Oxon Hill, accepted the plea agreement this week before Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Elsbeth Levy Bothe. Rolen-Valraie admitted participating "to an extent" in the Oct. 7, 1989 murder of 48-year-old Edward McBride, a former Marine Corps boxer and computer sales representative.

Prosecutor Mark P. Cohen told the judge that Wilson and Rolen-Valraie shared an apartment at 2507 Madison Ave. Wilson allegedly contacted McBride, who lived a block away, on McBride's pager to set up a drug buy.

Cohen said Wilson told Rolen-Valraie that he was going to cut McBride's throat.

When McBride arrived with about $500 worth of cocaine, Wilson allegedly stabbed him nine times in the neck, chest and back with a military-style knife.

Rolen-Valraie, who heard McBride's screams from another room, helped clean up the blood-soaked apartment and went out to buy the hacksaw, trash bags and rubber gloves used in the disposal of McBride's body, Cohen said. The prosecutor also said that, after Rolen-Valraie returned with the saw, Wilson "went out on the balcony and began cutting."

After the slaying, the defendants ingested some of the victim's cocaine, Cohen said.

McBride's legs were stuffed into one bag, his upper body into another. The bags then were tossed from the second-floor balcony and then dumped in a pile of rubble behind 2511 Madison Ave. A worker with a hauling company punctured one of the bags Jan. 17 -- exposing the victim's torso.

Police investigators found traces of blood in the living room, bathroom and kitchen of the apartment shared by the defendants, who moved out shortly after McBride's disappearence.

McBride, who was the father of two young children, was reported missing by his estranged wife Oct. 8. The 1988 Nissan Stanza he was driving the night he was killed was found near the home of the defendants.

Wilson's trial was scheduled to begin yesterday before Bothe, but it was postponed because the judge is in the midst of another murder trial. Bothe has ordered a presentencing investigation for Rolen-Valraie.

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