Teen pleads guilty in 1995 slaying of woman 7 have been convicted

victim's stepson faces trial

June 11, 1996|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old supermarket clerk yesterday became the seventh person convicted in the 1995 fatal shooting of a Middle River woman -- a scheme that authorities say was hatched by the victim's stepson.

Robert Scott Simmons of Essex could be sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to murder for his role in the Sept. 7 slaying of Kimberly Sue Ramsey, 32. In return for the plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of life in prison with all but 40 years suspended.

Prosecutor Angela White said Simmons was present when the victim's stepson, Roger Dale Ramsey Jr., 18, talked of killing her. Simmons then drove Roger Ramsey and three others to the woman's Middle River home, where they broke a window to create the appearance of a burglary and stole jewelry, cash and credit cards, prosecutors said.

Kimberly Ramsey died after she was shot in the face and chest.

White said Simmons later drove the trigger man, John I. Reed IV, to Pennsylvania. For his role, Simmons received $200 and a videocassette recorder taken from Ramsey's house, she said.

Simmons pleaded guilty to felony murder. Under Maryland law, anyone who participates in a felony in which a person is killed is guilty of first-degree murder.

He is to be sentenced Aug. 22 by Judge James T. Smith Jr.

Simmons is one of four teen-agers to plead guilty to murder in the case, prosecutors said. Two other teens have been convicted for being accessories to murder.

Reed, 21, who was convicted of first-degree murder in a trial, was sentenced Friday by a jury to life in prison with no chance for parole. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for him.

Prosecutors also are seeking a death sentence for Ramsey, who is scheduled to be tried Oct. 21. Investigators have said that Reed was hired to kill Kimberly Ramsey after she admonished her stepson about an automobile accident.

Pub Date: 6/11/96

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