Prisoner is charged in '92 fatal stabbing of Dundalk woman

April 30, 1994|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer

A 27-year-old inmate at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown has been charged in the August 1992 stabbing death of a Dundalk woman, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Ronald Edward Keihl, who is serving 5 1/2 years for violating probation on two storehouse breaking and entering convictions, was brought to Catonsville District Court on Thursday and charged with murdering Patricia Jane Kaczynski. He was returned to prison after bail was denied.

Mrs. Kaczynski, 44, a banquet waitress at a downtown Baltimore hotel, was stabbed to death Aug. 29, 1992, by someone who broke into her home in the first block of Liberty Parkway.

Police said they have witnesses who can place Keihl at the crime scene, but declined to comment further.

Authorities named Keihl earlier as a suspect after the alleged getaway driver told police that Keihl had gone into Mrs. Kaczynski's home to commit a burglary.

That man, David Wayne Couch, 27, of the 200 block of St. Helena Ave. was convicted of felony murder in July 1993 for driving the getaway vehicle in the burglary. Couch, now serving a life sentence, has appealed, claiming that police fabricated his confession.

Investigators allege that Keihl is the man who entered the Kaczynski home by breaking a pane of glass on a kitchen door, then turning a key left in a deadbolt lock.

Parts of the house were ransacked, and a checkbook and Mrs. Kaczynski's purse were missing. Her husband found her on the living room floor. She had been stabbed, and her throat had been slashed, police said.

In October, Keihl was acquitted in Baltimore Circuit Court of charges that he beat a woman to death in 1987.

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