Suspect has prison record

April 20, 1995|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

One of the men accused of murdering a 74-year-old woman in her Annapolis home during an apparent robbery Saturday night was released from prison in December, after serving more than two years for robbery.

State Division of Corrections records show that James Calvert McGee, 41, was sentenced in Baltimore on Oct. 19, 1992, to four years in prison. Yesterday, Mr. McGee, who police said collapsed during questioning Monday, was in listed as stable at North Arundel Hospital and had been moved out of the intensive care unit. The hospital has declined to describe Mr. McGee's ailment.

Police said he collapsed while being questioned by Anne Arundel County homicide detectives about the slaying of Katherine Ryon, a close friend of his deceased mother. Mr. McGee, who listed his address as the 200 block of Victor Parkway in Annapolis, and Richard Wayne Willoughby, 35, of the first block of Melrob Court in Annapolis, have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Ms. Ryon's death.

Her body was found in her bedroom Sunday. Police believe her killers strangled her with a dog leash Saturday night.

Mr. Willoughby, who is being held without bail, has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. During a bail review hearing Tuesday he said he hears voices and suffers from schizophrenia and paranoia.

Three houses from Ms. Ryon's home in the 400 block of Waggomon Circle is the house where Mr. McGee grew up. The quiet, tree-lined neighborhood faces the waters of Ferry Point.

Charging documents show that Mr. Willoughby was arrested in January for possession of drug paraphernalia, and his case was placed on the inactive docket in February.

District Court records, meanwhile, show five arrests for McGee in the past 12 years. In August 1983, he received probation before judgment on a rogue and vagabond charge.

A year later, an Annapolis police officer shot him in the chest during a robbery at the Fabrikworks shop in Annapolis. Police thought the toy gun Mr. McGee used in the robbery was real. Mr. McGee was sentenced to seven years for that crime.

In October 1992, he was sentenced to four years at the Eastern Correctional Institute for attempted robbery with a toy gun. Corrections officials could not say if that sentence was linked to the 1984 case.

Earlier, he received probation before judgment in a drug case.

Annapolis police found Mr. McGee and Mr. Willoughby in Ms. Ryon's 1990 Volvo on Saturday night. The men, battered and bloody, claimed they had been assaulted in a robbery attempt.

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