Judge Sets Bail For Woman Accused Of Slaying Husband

May 21, 1991|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

With her parents pleading for her release, a District Court judge set bail at $30,000 yesterday for a Glen Burnie woman accused of killing her husband.

"I don't think she's a danger to society," Judge Joseph B. Manck said during a bail hearing for Jane Marie Ostovitz, 26,of the 7200 block Crown Road in Glen Burnie.

Ostovitz is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, 27-year-old Kenneth Edwin Ostovitz, in the bedroom of their Glen Burnie home Sunday afternoon.

Ostovitz's parents, who sat in court during the hearing, offered to put their home up as collateral, guaranteeing she would appear for her trial.

"She has always been a good child growing up," said Robert Regan, Ostovitz's father.

Manck reminded the Regans that if their daughter did not appear, the state would claim their home.

According to police, Ostovitz shot her husband of five years in the head with his .357-caliber Magnum during an argument in their bedroom.

"He tossed a gun at her and said, 'Go ahead and shoot me,' " homicide Detective Donald Hauf said.

No one else was home at the time of the shooting, he said.

Hauf said Ostovitz left the couple's home Saturday and spent the night at her parent's home.

She returned to the Crown Road home she shared with her husband and his father at about 11:30 a.m.

Sometimebetween then and 2:30 p.m., she and her husband argued, Hauf said.

"I don't know what the exact meat of the argument was," he said. "But they have been arguing off and on for five years."

The couple were less than 6 feet apart when the shooting took place, Hauf said.

After the shooting, Ostovitz dialed 411 mistakenly and then dialed 911, calling police to her home.

Her husband was taken by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead.

Ostovitz's attorney, George Lantzes, said the couple had separated and reconciled several times in the past.

"Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon she was trembling uncontrollably," he said.

He said the couple has no children.

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