Suspect's bail is increased

January 04, 1995|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

A District Court judge raised bail to $50,000 yesterday for an Annapolis woman, who is charged with accessory to murder, because she failed to show up in court on two previous occasions.

Wanda Rebecca Hall, 31, who has no fixed address, remains in the Anne Arundel County jail. Her original bail was $20,000.

Ms. Hall was arrested just before midnight New Year's Eve at her parents' home in the 1000 block of Bay Ridge Road in Annapolis.

Police questioned her about the slaying of Susan McAteer, 32, after arresting her in an unrelated car theft.

According to charging documents, she stole a car owned by Harold Bernard of the 1100 block of River Bay Road in Annapolis on Dec. 21. Bail for the car theft charge remained at $2,500 yesterday.

Ms. McAteer's body was found Dec. 27 near some woods in the 300 block of Dubois Road, just outside Annapolis. She had been stabbed 20 times.

Bail on the accessory-to-murder charge initially was set at $20,000.

Richard Edward Janey, 30, whose last known address was the 100 block of Obery Court in Annapolis, was charged with first-degree murder Thursday. He is being held without bail at the county jail.

According to the charging documents, Ms. Hall told police she helped Mr. Janey take Ms. McAteer's body to the woods off Dubois Road and that she watched Mr. Janey stab the victim and helped him destroy evidence related to the crime.

At yesterday's hearing, Assistant State's Attorney Daryl Jones tried to get Judge Joseph P. Manck to hold Ms. Hall without bail.

"There should not be a bond in this particular case," said Mr. Jones. "This defendant has admitted to helping dispose of the body. We know that she was present during the stabbing. She is a person that may and will destroy evidence. She does pose a risk of flight if she is released."

Ms. Hall, who did not have a lawyer representing her in court yesterday, urged Judge Manck to lower her bail or leave it at $20,000.

"I didn't know [Mr. Janey] was captured until the night I turned myself in," she said, "and I did turn myself in."

Police had been looking for Ms. Hall because they believed she had witnessed the slaying and feared that she might be in danger.

District Court records show that Ms. Hall had a misdemeanor theft case placed on the inactive docket in April 1990. Last July, the state decided not to prosecute her in a drug possession case.

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