Upper Marlboro Man arrested in Woodlawn woman's stabbing death

September 07, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

An Upper Marlboro man was charged with first-degree murder yesterday in the stabbing death of a Woodlawn woman whose 4-year-old daughter summoned neighbors for help, Baltimore County police said.

Darryl James Medley, 29, was charged in the stabbing death Friday of Rae Antoinette Corpening, 31, in her two-story townhouse in Woodlawn, police said. He was being held without bail last night at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police said Medley was the father of Corpening's 4-year-old daughter. Police and court records did not specify a motive for the slaying.

Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey said the daughter went to a neighbor's home in the 7200 block of Sawmill Branch Road about 3: 30 a.m. Friday and reported that "her mother needed help."

After discovering the woman's body, the neighbor called police. Officers said that Corpening had been stabbed several times and that her car was missing.

The car was found in Howard County that afternoon, police said. Medley was arrested in Howard County about 4: 30 p.m., police said.

According to court documents, Medley led officers to evidence in the case.

The child has been placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services. Medley is scheduled for a bail review tomorrow.

Medley is also wanted by Prince George's County police on battery charges involving another woman who filed for a protective order against him last month.

Pub Date: 9/07/97

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