A Baltimore County judge set bail at $500,000 for a former St. Timothy's School gardener after State Police tests indicated that bloodstains found on his work boots matched samples from a school security guard who was murdered there last month.
A State Police forensic chemist compared the blood on the "Texas Steel" boots of Harvey Allen Teets Jr., 28, of Manchester in Carroll County, with samples from Kimberly R. Kenna, 23, a security guard who was found bludgeoned to death Feb. 23, according to District Court charging documents.
Those tests revealed "genetic markers" consistent with Kenna's blood, according to the chemist, Michael Marinaro. He said that only 2.6 percent of the population would have the same genetic markers.
Based on that evidence and the fact that Teets, who is separated from his wife, had in recent weeks been sleeping in a parked car on the school's grounds, Towson District Court Judge Gerard W. Wittstadt set bail yesterday for Teets at $500,000.
Teets was arrested Monday on charges of first-degree murder.
On two occasions in February, county police found Teets asleep in his wife's car on the grounds of St. Timothy's, an exclusive girls school in Stevenson, the records showed.
Kenna apparently was attacked in her guard shack in the early morning hours of Feb. 23. She was badly beaten, partially stripped and her body was dragged about 50 feet into a nearby pond. She was found about 7:30 a.m.
Homicide detectives Lanny W. McDonald and Robert B. Howard interviewed Teets the day Kenna's body was found. Teets claimed that he had spent the previous night drinking beer and smoking cocaine with a co-worker, the records said.
Later, the two parted company and Teets stopped off at a Manchester bar for last call before returning to his parents' home, where he slept outside in his car because he doesn't have a key to the house, he told police.
His mother, Carole, consented to a search of her home and police found Teets' work clothes and boots, which Teets agreed to let them take for lab tests, the charging records stated.
Yesterday, Wittstadt said Teets has two previous convictions, each for theft and breaking and entering before 1986.
The young man, still dressed in his work uniform, argued for a lower bail so he could find a job to continue to pay $50 a week in support for his 1-year-old daughter.
Although charged in a case that could result in a possible life sentence, or even the death penalty, he told the judge he was worried that even if he does make bail, he might be arrested in Pennsylvania for non-payment of child support. Teets was fired by St. Timothy's after his arrest Monday.
Assistant public defender Patricia L. Chappell said Teets could return to live with his mother, who also works at St. Timothy's, if he makes bail.
Assistant State's Attorney Mickey Norman argued for no bail for Teets, citing the gruesome circumstances of the beating death and the extreme violence it entailed.
Police had found a trail of blood leading from Kenna's guard shack to the pond, according to the charging documents. "Pieces of bone fragments are visible in the blood trail," the investigators wrote, "as though the victim was dragged with her head on the ground."
She was so badly beaten that "portions of the brain were visible," those documents continued.