Rosedale teen is found guilty of voluntary manslaughter

November 16, 1996|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

A Rosedale teen-ager was acquitted yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court of premeditated murder but was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of her 19-year-old boyfriend last November.

Erin Monk, 18, of the 8700 block of Philadelphia Road stabbed her live-in boyfriend, Keymo Martin, 19, once in the heart with a steak knife on Nov. 19, 1995.

Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney James T. Smith alleged that Monk killed Martin after she found letters to him from other women among his belongings. He sought a premeditated murder conviction, which carries a maximum life sentence.

The letters mentioned that Martin had a child by another woman, Smith said, and upon reading them, Monk went after Martin with an iron in the laundry room of their apartment complex, then with a steak knife in the apartment they shared.

Martin died on the way to Franklin Square Hospital.

Monk's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Jerome M. Levine, conceded that Monk stabbed Martin, but outlined a decade of physical abuse that Monk had suffered -- first from family members starting when she was 7, then from Martin, with whom she was involved for about two years.

He said the fatal stabbing was unintentional and noted that she contacted authorities immediately afterward. Levine described Monk as a 5-foot-3-inch teen who was afraid of her 6-foot-2-inch boyfriend.

A jury of eight women and four men took about four hours to reach a verdict. A sentencing date has not been set. Monk faces a maximum 10-year term.

Pub Date: 11/16/96

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