2 men charged in woman's stabbing death Body found under trailer on company's parking lot

December 16, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

In several articles last week, the age of homicide victim Kimberly Spicer was incorrectly reported. She was 23.

The Sun regrets the error.

The owner of a Baltimore pallet company and a man who lives on company property have been charged in the stabbing death of a woman, who was reported to be missing last month and whose body was found yesterday under a trailer on the parking lot of the business, a city homicide detective said.

Detective Homer Pennington said police, acting on information from a source, found the body of Kimberly Spicer, 26, about 1: 30 a.m. yesterday under a trailer at Joseph Stein & Son, which makes pallets in the 3200 block of James St. in Southwest Baltimore. Spicer of the 3000 block of Huron St. in South Baltimore had been stabbed several times, Pennington said.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

He said the body of Spicer, who was reported to be missing by her mother on Nov. 11, was found less than 10 feet from the trailer in which one of the suspects lives. Police believe Spicer was slain in the trailer, Pennington said.

Pennington said furniture had been removed from the suspect's trailer and attempts had been made to clean up bloodstains.

Two hours after Spicer's body was found, police stopped the two suspects as they left a Christmas party in South Baltimore and took them to police headquarters where each was charged several hours later, Pennington said.

Joe Metheny, 41, who lives in a box trailer at the pallet company, was charged with first-degree murder and was being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center, Pennington said.

Joseph E. Stein, 61, owner of the pallet company who lives in the 1600 block of E. Deep Run Road in Westminster, Carroll County, was charged with being an accessory after the fact of homicide, Pennington said. He is suspected of disposing of evidence, Pennington said. Stein was being held at Central Booking pending a bail hearing, he said.

Pennington said Metheny met the victim someplace shortly before she was killed.

He said the FBI was investigating the pallet company, but declined to say why.

"They're definitely not investigating the murder," he said.

Pub Date: 12/16/96

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