Man sought in slaying surrenders to police Victim was woman, 34, visiting area from Florida

February 29, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

An Annapolis man wanted in the stabbing death of a Florida woman whose body was found Feb. 12 along a wooded path on the Annapolis Neck Peninsula, surrendered to police yesterday.

Mickeen Michael Holland, 19, who has no fixed address, turned himself in to state police in Annapolis about 3:30 p.m., a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Katherine Elizabeth Brodie, 34, of Miami Beach, who was visiting her boyfriend when she was killed.

Mr. Holland, whom police described as "extremely dangerous," has had several run-ins involving violence with authorities, police said. He was to appear before a District Court commissioner last night.

City police declined to reveal the motive behind the slaying and released few details yesterday on how investigators were able to identify a suspect.

Children playing found Ms. Brodie's fully clothed body lying face down in tall reeds near commercial buildings in the 7400 block of Edgewood Road, police said.

The children told their parents, who called police, said Capt. John W. Wright, a police spokesman.

An autopsy determined that Ms. Brodie, who had been staying in Annapolis, was stabbed to death with a sharp object, police said. Ms. Brodie's body may have been there for a month or two, police said.

She had been reported missing Dec. 22 by her boyfriend, Frederick D. Chew III of the 7100 block of Bay Front Drive.

Police said she disappeared from his house on Dec. 6, about three days after arriving from Florida.

Police do not believe the victim knew her attacker, Captain Wright said.

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