An Annapolis man denied yesterday that he stabbed and bludgeoned a 56-year-old Arnold woman to death last January and sexually assaulted her with a soda bottle.
"I am not guilty," Albert Gustav Givens, 37, insisted during a bail review hearing in District Court.
Mr. Givens, of the 100 block of Roselawn Road, is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault in the Jan. 2 slaying of Marlene "Pat" Kilpatrick in her home in the 100 block of Church Road.
Judge Donald Lowman set bail at $250,000 over the objections of Thomas Pryal, an assistant state's attorney who asked that Mr. Givens be held without bond in the county Detention Center.
Ellen Hockenberry, Mr. Givens' mother, said she was shocked at the allegations and would try to raise her son's bail money.
"I have a lot of friends," she said. "I don't think he is a danger to the community."
Mrs. Hockenberry, 59, said detectives picked up her son Friday evening and searched his home as well as hers, in the 1100 block of Boucher Ave., in Eastport.
Mr. Givens, who worked for Mrs. Kilpatrick as a painter and handyman and had been friends with her son for about 15 years. He has prior convictions of breaking and entering, carrying a deadly weapon and traffic charges, court records show.
He became one of several suspects early in the investigation when he gave conflicting stories about his whereabouts at the time of the murder, charging documents said.
Suspicions heightened when DNA evidence linked Mr. Givens to the crime scene.
Police said DNA from tissue samples taken from a soft drink bottle found on Mrs. Kilpatrick's kitchen table matched samples Mr. Givens provided voluntarily.
The soft drink bottle was not the same one used in the attack.
But Mr. Givens apparently sealed his fate when he told police Friday night that Mrs. Kilpatrick's attacker had used a soft drink bottle to sexually assault her. Investigators had not released that information, figuring only the killer would know about it.
According to the charging documents, investigators believe that Mrs. Kilpatrick had rejected Mr. Givens' sexual advances. The killer did not force his way into her home, rather he was let in by Mrs. Kilpatrick, detectives said.
Lisa Kilpatrick O'Connell found her mother's body at noon Jan. 3. She had become alarmed when her mother failed to answer the phone for 36 hours and gone to check on her.
Mrs. O'Connell found the door of her mother's home ajar and a large amount of blood on the floor of the living room. She found Mrs. Kilpatrick's body on her bedroom floor. The last time Mrs. Kilpatrick was known to be alive was at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 2.
According to the charging documents, investigators found a trail of blood that extended from the bedroom, through the living room and into the kitchen near a chair where it appeared that Mrs. Kilpatrick was sitting before being attacked.
On the table was the soda bottle that police traced to Mr. Givens and a cup of coffee and burnt out cigarettes that Mrs. Kilpatrick had smoked.
The killer apparently dragged Mrs. Kilpatrick to the corner of the kitchen, where he bludgeoned her in the head, and then pulled her through the living room and into the bedroom, where he stabbed her several times and assaulted her with the soda bottle.
After the slaying, the killer stole Mrs. Kilpatrick's Mercury Cougar.