Va. police hold man in Annapolis slaying Victim, 31, found stabbed at home ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

October 01, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

An Annapolis man was being held yesterday by authorities in Virginia and will be charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of his roommate during an argument in their Annapolis home Tuesday, police said.

Officers found the body of Douglas Dewayne Palmer, 31, in the house he shared with a 23-year-old man in the 1300 block of Washington Drive. Anne Arundel County police were tipped to the homicide by Virginia authorities after a man turned himself in, said Officer Terry Crowe, a county police spokesman.

The man, who is being held in the Prince William County Jail, will be extradited here in a few days, Officer Crowe said.

Prince William police called Anne Arundel police about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday to say a that a man had called them from a pay phone at a Woodbridge shopping center and said he had murdered someone in Anne Arundel County, police reports said.

"He told us where he was and waited at the pay phone for us to pick him up," said Officer Kim Chinn, spokeswoman for the Prince William County police. "He said he was tired of running."

Anne Arundel police officers from the Southern District station went to the home Mr. Palmer and the man shared and saw several lights on, the police report said.

When no one answered knocks on the door, officers looked in a window and saw Mr. Palmer on the floor with a knife in his chest, the report said. They entered the house through an open window.

Investigators said they believe Mr. Palmer was stabbed during an argument Tuesday. Officer Crowe said detectives have not questioned the man in custody.

Officer Crowe said that after the stabbing, the man drove to Virginia in Mr. Palmer's 1984 Oldsmobile.

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