Pasadena man charged in slaying of woman, 36, turns himself in

January 03, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Pasadena man charged in the strangling death two weeks ago of 36-year-old Brenda Lee Painter, walked into the Eastern District police station about 5 p.m. Thursday and turned himself in, Anne Arundel police said.

Howard Grant Brown, 25, of the 7800 block of Outing Ave., was charged with first-degree murder and was being held without bail at the Anne Arundel detention center. Police had been searching for him since a tip led them to suspect him last week.

Painter's body was found in her house in the 600 block of 207th St. the afternoon of Dec. 19 when an officer went there to follow up on a missing-person report her mother had filed the day before.

The officer found a door to the house unlocked and the woman's body in the bathroom with no obvious wounds. An autopsy determined she had been strangled.

While Painter's address is two blocks from Brown's, police spokeswoman Carol Frye said police are not aware of any connection between the two. Painter's mother and other family members told police they have never heard of, or seen, Brown before.

Brown said in a television interview as he left Eastern District station on Mountain Road in Edgewater that he did not kill Painter.

Pub Date: 1/03/98

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