Nursing assistant charged in death of woman, 94

June 20, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

A Westminster nursing home employee was charged yesterday with killing a 94-year-old resident whose death in December had been believed due to natural causes, state police said.

Michael Paul Griffith, 32, was arrested yesterday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Carrie Marie Ecker, who lived at the Westminster Nursing and Convalescent Center. At the time of the death, Mr. Griffith was a nursing assistant at the convalescent home.

Ms. Ecker died at the center Dec. 29. In February, Trooper First Class John Reininger opened an investigation into her death, although police would not say what raised suspicion.

Police had the woman's body exhumed from a New Windsor cemetery for an autopsy March 10.

The autopsy revealed that the woman had been suffocated, police said. A joint investigation involving the Maryland State Police crime lab, the Carroll County state's attorney's office and the state medical examiner led to the conclusion she had been killed, state police said.

Police said officials at the nursing home cooperated in the probe.

Mr. Griffith was being held without bond.

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