A 21-year-old man from Cedonia in eastern Baltimore County has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the July 16 stabbing death of an Essex man in his home.
James W. Mays, formerly of the 5600 block of Leiden Road, entered the guilty plea in county Circuit Court in Towson yesterday before Judge Robert E. Cahill Sr.
He had been charged in the death of Kenneth Wayne Greer, 32, of the 900 block of Holgate Drive. Greer was stabbed once in the chest.
According to Angela White, an assistant county state's attorney, the maximum sentence Mays can get is 30 years in prison. Cahill set sentencing for Jan. 22.
The night of the killing, Greer had allowed Mays to stay in his apartment, according to a statement of facts read into the record by Stephen Roscher, another prosecutor.
The two had been drinking and Mays was taking drugs, said White. A fight broke out and Mays stabbed Greer. Then he called 911 and said that he had stabbed Greer, which was recorded by the emergency telephone system, said White.