A bail review hearing today in District Court was set for a man charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing and strangling of his children's mother, Anne Arundel County police said.
Gary Paul Stephens, 41, of the 1000 block of Fairway Ave. in Glen Burnie, turned himself in shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday at the State Police barracks in Glen Burnie, county police said. He was accompanied by his minister, the Rev. Woods Culpepper, pastor of the Glen Burnie Baptist Church in the 7500 block of Old Stage Road.
After surrendering, Stephens was turned over to county police, who charged him with first-degree murder. He was held overnight in the county detention center, pending today's bail review hearing.
Stephens had been sought by police on a warrant charging him with the murder of Jody Lynn Rosenborough, 35, whose body was found yesterday morning by paramedics responding to a call from a man who said the woman was experiencing chest pains.
Police think the call was made by Stephens before he fled the home he shared with the victim.
When paramedics arrived at the house about 7:20 a.m., they were admitted by a female friend of the couple who had come there moments earlier, police said.
When the paramedics entered a bedroom, they found Rosenborough fully clothed and lying on a bed. Police said she had been stabbed in the abdomen. An autopsy revealed she also had been beaten and strangled.
Also in the house were the couple's three children, twin 6-year-old girls and a boy, 3, police said.
The children were not injured and were reportedly kept out of the bedroom and did not witness their mother's death, police said.
Police said Rosenborough was killed Friday night or Saturday.
After an investigation, police issued the warrant against Stephens.
Police said they had no clear motive for the slaying, but said friends reported the couple had been experiencing domestic problems.
Police said the children were placed with relatives.