Paroled killer sought in girlfriend's death ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

June 25, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

A man on parole for bludgeoning an Annapolis woman to death 10 years ago is wanted again, this time by North Carolina authorities investigating the murder of his girlfriend. And state police here believe he is in the Baltimore area.

Reginald Odell Lively, 35, who served almost eight years of a 20-year sentence for second-degree murder, was paroled in March. He is wanted on a warrant in connection with the May 22 stabbing death of Willy Mae Arrington, 31, of Sharpsburg, N.C.

Maryland Trooper Robert Mignogna, who has been helping Sharpsburg authorities track down Lively, said that the victim's 6-year-old son saw a man "drag his mother into the bedroom, where he stabbed her numerous times. He left her apartment on foot after stabbing her with a pocketknife."

Lively, who was seen in the Glen Burnie area this month, has friends and relatives in the Baltimore-Annapolis area, but Trooper Mignogna said the trail has run cold.

"Basically, we are stuck," he said. "We have burned up our only two leads."

Trooper Mignogna said investigators think Lively was angry at Ms. Arrington because she had had two children with another man while he was in prison.

Detective Charles Harris of the Wilson County Sheriff's Department in North Carolina said neighbors heard Ms. Arrington's screams and at one point asked whether everything was OK.

A man "told them everything was fine and went back inside," Detective Harris said.

Three days after Ms. Arrington's murder in the Piney Grove apartments in Wilson County, Trooper Mignogna talked to Lively's mother, who said she had not seen him since early May, shortly before he boarded a train at the New Carrollton station to visit Ms. Arrington.

"His mother was very surprised about the killing and said that Lively was planning on marrying the girl in July," Trooper Mignogna said.

Lively last saw his parole officer in Maryland May 11. He had asked for permission to move to North Carolina but had been denied.

On June 6, Trooper Mignogna got a tip that led him to a Bowie woman who works at the Wendy's in Crofton.

"She used to drive Lively to work at that Wendy's while he was on work release in prison," he said. "She told us that she had met him at the Hardee's in Glen Burnie and had driven him several places in the Glen Burnie area and in Baltimore City."

The woman told Trooper Mignogna that she did not remember exactly where she took Lively, but she did lead officers to a home off Park West Drive in Glen Burnie, he said.

"But when we got there and searched the house, there was no trace of him," Trooper Mignogna said. "The man who lived there said he knew Lively but had not seen him in a while. His 86-year-old grandmother, who lives there also, had not seen him, and we questioned the neighbors who said they had not seen him either."

This isn't the first time Lively has been on the run from the law.

Police found the body of Eleanor Williams, 30, on May 10, 1983, in a wooded area off Oakwood Avenue in Arundel on the Bay. Ms. Williams, who lived with Lively on Newtowne Drive in Annapolis, was reported missing by her sister a few days before her body was found, when she failed to return with her friends from a shopping trip to Parole.

Police said Lively beat Ms. Williams in the head with a shovel.

Lively, who was Ms. Williams' boyfriend, used an alias while working in North Carolina.

He was captured by FBI agents in May 1985 as he left a Rocky Mount, N.C., plant where he was a machine operator. He was brought back to Annapolis, where he was convicted of second-degree murder.

He met Ms. Arrington at the plant in Rocky Mount, where she also worked, Detective Harris said. The two dated for about a year before Lively was captured by authorities who tracked him through his Social Security number. The couple exchanged letters while he served his sentence for Ms. Williams' death, Detective Harris said.

Anyone with information about Lively's whereabouts should call state police at 761-5130 or 761-5375, or Detective Harris at (919) 237-2118. Detective Harris said there is a "substantial" reward for his capture.

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