Woman accused of slaying live-in boyfriend during fight

May 14, 1994|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County police charged a 36-year-old Mayo woman with first-degree murder yesterday after her live-in boyfriend was fatally shot during an early morning fight in their room at the Mayo Motel, county police said.

Vicki Lynn Flanagan, whose address is listed as a post office box in Mayo, was ordered held without bail by a district court commissioner last night.

She is accused of shooting 36-year-old Joseph Lawrence Boswell Jr. once in the chest with a .22-caliber rifle, police said. Mr. Boswell was dead when police arrived at the motel in the southern end of the county shortly after 4 a.m., police said.

Mr. Boswell's address was listed as Apartment 25 at 827 Mayo Road, the address of the motel.

Officer Randy Bell, county police spokesman, said a woman called police at 4:06 a.m. and told them she had just shot her boyfriend because she was tired of being abused by him, police said.

Police said there was evidence of a fight in the room, but would not elaborate.

Mr. Boswell was found face up on the floor.

Several shots had been fired in addition to the one that hit him, Officer Bell said.

It was not clear who owned the rifle, Officer Bell said. Mr. Boswell was a fisherman and police found fishing equipment in the room, the spokesman said.

The couple had lived at the motel about five months, Officer Bell said. Southern District police officers had been called to the motel several times to resolve domestic disputes involving the couple, Officer Bell said.

A witness who lives at the motel and asked not to be identified heard Ms. Flanagan screaming about 11:30 p.m.

After the scream, the witness heard Mr. Boswell berating the woman about her reputation.

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