Bail review set for woman held in spouse's death

January 17, 1995|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

A Severn woman suspected of stabbing and killing her husband during a domestic quarrel Sunday evening will be presented for a bail review today in Annapolis District Court.

Merle Denise Thomas, 32, of the 1800 block of Arwell Court is being held in the Anne Arundel County jail on $350,000 bail. She has been charged with second-degree murder.

The victim, Steven Bernard Thomas, 32, was stabbed once in the chest about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Paramedics took him to Kimbrough Army Hospital at Fort Meade, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The slaying was the county's first of the year, police said.

Police went to the couple's home Sunday evening to investigate a stabbing.

They arrived to find Mr. Thomas sitting on a couch and bleeding from a stab wound to the chest. The couple had been in an argument, police said.

Mr. Thomas had been stabbed with a "common household knife" from the kitchen, said Officer Randy Bell, police spokesman. Officer Bell said the suspect called police. Mrs. Thomas was arrested at the scene, police said.

Police records show no calls for domestic disputes at the address, said Officer Bell. The slaying was one of several crimes during what Officer Bell described as "the weekend from hell."

"Two fatal accidents, an attempted murder of an infant and a homicide. It was an ugly weekend," he said. "It was an unusual weekend as far as serious crimes are concerned."

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