Life sentences with no parole sought for 2 in murder case

September 27, 1995

Two men accused of murdering a 74-year-old Annapolis woman in April could be sentenced to life without parole if convicted.

State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said yesterday he has notified James Calvert McGee, 41, and Richard W. Willoughby, 35, both of Annapolis, that he will seek the sentence. Both are charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, burglary and conspiracy in the death of Katherine Hunt Ryon on April 15.

Mrs. Ryon's body was found April 16 in her home in the 400 block of Waggamon Circle, three doors from the house where Mr. McGee grew up, police said. She was killed a few hours before Annapolis police Officer Mark Ottey found two men, battered and bloody, sitting in the victim's 1990 Volvo in the 1300 block of Tyler Ave.

The men claimed they had been assaulted in a robbery attempt and were released. County detectives started looking for them after officers found a fingerprint they believed belonged to Mr. McGee on a light bulb outside Ms. Ryon's door and learned that the two men had been in the victim's car hours after the slaying, police said.

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