Ex-boyfriend charged in stabbing death of woman

September 26, 1996|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

The former boyfriend of a disabled woman found stabbed to death in a wheelchair in her Woodlawn apartment Tuesday night was charged with first-degree murder last night in connection with the slaying, a Baltimore County police spokesman said.

Spokesman Bill Toohey said Lamont Gregory Rice, 34, of the 3100 block of Woodford Place in Woodlawn, was arrested by a Baltimore City police officer at 6 p.m. in the 2200 block of W. North Ave.

He said the suspect was taken to county police headquarters in Towson and formally charged.

Earlier yesterday, Rice was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Kim Markita James, 31, also of the Woodford Place address, said Sgt. Kevin Novak, a county police spokesman.

Investigators said James left her job at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn on Tuesday to help Rice move out of their apartment.

Witnesses told investigators they saw her arrive at the apartment about 3: 25 p.m. and that they heard a scream about 3: 45 p.m., Novak said.

Later, James's two children -- ages 8 and 5 -- arrived home from school, knocked on their door, got no answer and went to the home of a neighbor who often took care of them when their mother arrived home late. The neighbor became concerned when James, who has used a wheelchair since an accidental shooting 10 years ago, did not arrive or call by 10 p.m. The neighbor called police. Officers found the body about 10: 35 p.m.

Novak said the couple had domestic problems and that James had asked Rice to move out of the apartment. He said there was no sign of forced entry into the two-bedroom ground floor apartment and the deadbolt was locked.

Andrea Dixon, the next-door neighbor who watched the children Tuesday, said they arrived home about 4: 20 p.m., and that by about 7 p.m. the 8-year-old girl began crying.

Pub Date: 9/26/96

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