Former convict is indicted in slaying of Franciscan nun

April 17, 1993|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

The ex-convict arrested in connection with the strangling death of Franciscan nun Sister MaryAnn Glinka was indicted yesterday on rape and murder charges.

A Baltimore grand jury also indicted Melvin Lorenzo Jones, 34, on burglary and robbery charges and other sex offenses in the March 19 slaying in a Northeast Baltimore convent, the city state's attorney's office said.

Timothy J. Doory, head of the Violent Crimes Unit in the state's attorney's office, refused to discuss the evidence presented yesterday to the grand jury, but sources with knowledge of the investigation have said Sister MaryAnn was sexually assaulted and her undergarments were removed. Those sources have said that fresh fingerprints linking Jones to the slaying were found on a box of Russell Stover chocolates at the Franciscan Sisters Motherhouse on Ellerslie Avenue.

Jones had worked at the convent as a painter and as an elevator installer for a private construction company, and he had been arrested after a break-in there four years ago. He was released from a North Carolina prison in February after serving 10 years of an 18- to 20-year sentence for manslaughter.

Arrested two days after the nun's slaying, he angrily proclaimed his innocence during a subsequent bail review in District Court. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Jones -- of the 1600 block of E. 32nd St., about 10 blocks from the convent -- is scheduled to be arraigned May 12 in Baltimore Circuit Court.

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