A Gardenville woman and her boyfriend were denied bail today on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an elderly Hereford man.
Cynthia Lee Levering, 28, and Thomas Everett Crawford, 31, both of the 5100 block of Ardmore Way in Baltimore, were remanded to the Baltimore County Detention Center after District Court Judge I. Marshall Seidler denied them bail.
The two are charged in the shooting death of Harold Leon Webb, 75. Webb was killed Friday when he and his wife opened their rural home to two strangers who said their car had broken down.
Levering and Crawford were arrested without incident as they were about to enter a store about 8 p.m. Saturday at Frankford Avenue and Belair Road in the city, police said.
Levering, dressed in the blue uniform issued by the women's detention center and sporting a small tattoo of a winged horse on her left forearm, spent much of her time in court turning away from television sketch artists, or using her shoulder-length, brownish-blond hair to shield her face.
A painter, Levering is on probation in Baltimore for a theft charge, according to court records. She answered the judge's questions succinctly, elaborating only when a representative from the state's attorney office said she had failed to see her probation officer on a regular basis. Levering denied the charge.
Crawford, who told the judge he was employed as a dry wall installer for MJ Contractors in Reisterstown, is awaiting trial in the county Circuit Court on charges of assault and battery, possession of narcotics, and driving while intoxicated.
Police said Webb, who lived in the 16000 block of York Road, died shortly after 1 a.m. Friday of multiple gunshot wounds to his side and torso.
Police said they have recovered physical evidence that connected the suspects to Webb's slaying, but they declined to be specific.
E. Jay Miller, a police spokesman, said police believe that Crawford and Levering had intended to rob the Webbs. But they "didn't have time," Miller said.
Police said Webb and his wife, Joann H. Webb, 66, were awakened about 12:45 a.m. Friday by two strangers who knocked on the front door and said their vehicle had broken down.
While Harold Webb stood in the foyer talking with the couple, his wife went to get a portable telephone for the visitors to use. When she returned to demonstrate how the phone worked, the male visitor got behind her and attempted to enter the house, police said.
Joann Webb struck the man with the phone and tried to stop him from entering another room, police said. He pushed her aside and ran through the house and she gave chase, police said.
"He fired several times at Mrs. Webb as she chased him throughout the house," Miller said.
The bullets grazed her nightclothes but did not strike her, police said. While she chased the man, she heard at least three shots at the front of the house where she had left her husband, police said.
After the man fled out the back door, she returned to the foyer. "She came back and found her husband dead in the vestibule and the woman gone," Miller said.