Man's Testimony Details Mother And Son Slayings

Prosecution Enters Suspect's Confession

October 20, 1991|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff writer

Testimony will resume tomorrow in the murder trial of a North Laurelman accused of killing his girlfriend and her 7-year-old son.

Theprosecution expects to complete its case against Melvin McMains on Tuesday.

McMains, 37, of North Laurel is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Caria Roth and her son, Christopher. The state is seeking the death penalty.

Prosecutors last week played in court a taped interview of McMains telling a county police detective in painstaking detail how he killed his girlfriend and her son.

Jurors listening to the tape heard McMains tell Detective Stephen Greisz, hours after the killings, that everything became clear to himas he sat watching television with his girlfriend, Roth, in their apartment at dawn on Jan. 13.

"Something suddenly told me that the thing I should do was to kill her and her son as fast as possible and as soon as possible," McMains said.

McMains said he went into the bedroom and got his .45 semiautomatic pistol.

"She was sitting at the far end of the couch and I fired as fast as I could," he said. "Idon't know how many times I shot her."

McMains said he reloaded and fired at Roth again because "she acted like she still might be alive."

During the firing, McMains said he accidentally killed his pit bull puppy, Precious Bull.

In the interview with Greisz, McMainsthen described killing Christopher.

"After I fired the second magazine into Caria, I bolted into the bedroom and got the knife," he said. "I grabbed him (Christopher) with my left hand and stabbed him several times, I think I cut his throat."

Before discussing the details of the murders with Greisz in the interview, McMains told him he had experienced troubling thoughts the week before the killings.

At his job one day at the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, McMains told Greisz he felt like he was in hell.

"The people that were there that were usually religious had Satan in their souls and were laughing," he said.

"Everything was changing: the ying and the yang, the good and the bad."

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