Homeless woman held in bludgeoning

April 21, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A 26-year-old woman has been arrested in the bludgeoning death of a Woodlawn woman who had befriended her and occasionally given her a place to stay, Baltimore County police said.

Dionne Brooks, who has no known address but who recently had been living in the victim's house, was charged in a warrant yesterday with first-degree murder.

Ms. Brooks later turned herself in at the Western District police station in Baltimore.

She is charged with killing Margaret May Kobik, 51, who lived at Security Park Apartments in the 7400 block of Lesada Drive.

Ms. Kobik was found Sunday afternoon by her son, who came from out of town to visit her, said E. Jay Miller, a county police spokesman.

She had been beaten around the head and upper body, although the murder weapon is unknown, Mr. Miller said.

No signs of forced entry were found at the apartment and it is unclear what, if anything, was taken, police said.

Mr. Miller said the victim had befriended Ms. Brooks and felt some pity for her because she did not have a permanent address. As a result, Ms. Kobik allowed Ms. Brooks to stay at her apartment from time to time, Mr. Miller said.

Police are unsure of the motive for the crime, he said.

Ms. Brooks told city police officers at the Western District that she heard county police had charged her and she wanted to turn herself in, Mr. Miller said.

She was being held without bail last night and was to appear for a bail hearing today in Towson District Court.

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