Man pleads not responsible to charge of murdering wife

February 23, 1999

A Mount Airy man charged with murder in the Jan. 18 strangulation of his wife filed a plea of not criminally responsible yesterday in Frederick County Circuit Court. Donald Wayne Holt, a 44-year-old scientific editor for the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, appeared briefly earlier in the day before Judge Julie Stevenson and gave up his right to a bail hearing, said Deputy State's Attorney J. Charles Smith III. Holt was returned to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

Subsequently, the prosecutor said, the plea of not criminally responsible -- Maryland's version of an insanity defense -- was delivered to the state's attorney's office and filed with the court clerk.

A Frederick County grand jury indicted Holt Friday on a single count of murder in the death of his wife, Nancy Adams Holt, 43, a mother of three who worked at the Health Care Finance Administration in Woodlawn. Her body was found Feb. 7 on the rear floor of her car, which was parked in a satellite lot at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The couple lived in the 1000 block of Meadowgreen Drive in the Twin Ridge subdivision of Mount Airy, which lies on the border of Frederick and Carroll counties. The children are staying with relatives.

Pub Date: 2/23/99

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