Woman waives review of bail

Ziemski's mother may have been dead for a week, police say

April 13, 1999|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Kristi Lynn Ziemski, charged with murder in the death of her mother in Hampstead last week, waived her scheduled bail review hearing yesterday in Carroll County District Court.

Also yesterday, the state medical examiner's office said the victim died of stab wounds and blunt trauma -- and may have been dead a week or more before she was found, said Capt. Gregory M. Shipley, state police spokesman.

Funeral services were held yesterday for Doris A. Ziemski, the 52-year-old mother of three and grandmother of two. She was found dead Thursday night in a townhouse in the 1400 block of Popes Creek Drive Hampstead where she had moved last year.

"She may have been dead a week or more before she was discovered," Shipley said.

More forensic tests will be run to pinpoint the time of death.

Shipley said no other suspects are being sought.

"I don't expect anything additional, earth-shattering on our end," he said. "But we are still tracking down any leads that we have developed and conducting additional interviews. It's typical in a homicide, even when an arrest has been made."

Kristi Lynn Ziemski, 19, had been scheduled for bail review yesterday but chose to return to the Carroll County Detention Center, where she has been held without bail since Friday evening on first- and second-degree murder charges.

Tracy A. Gilmore, deputy state's attorney, said waiving the bail hearing isn't unusual in such a case, which probably will be presented to a grand jury next month.

Ziemski was not released for her mother's funeral yesterday, the prosecutor said.

Previous charges

The daughter's record includes charges of prostitution in Baltimore and of second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property and theft filed in November in Harford County, Gilmore said. The defendant said at her bail hearing Friday that she was free on a $500 bond on the prostitution charge. She is awaiting trial in Harford County.

Doris Ziemski's ex-husband, Leon John Ziemski Jr. of Finksburg, asked police to check on her Thursday because he hadn't heard from her in about a week. The couple's daughter was seen driving her mother's car, although her father said she doesn't have a driver's license, police said.

Teen found at motel

Almost 12 hours after the body was discovered, Kristi Ziemski was found at a motel in eastern Baltimore County with her mother's missing car, police said. The daughter gave police her mother's address as her residence, and apparently stayed occasionally at the townhouse.

The arrest came after police broadcast a description of the car, a 1994 Buick Skylark, and found it and the daughter at the Regal Inn in the 8000 block of Pulaski Highway in Rosedale.

According to court documents, the daughter registered at the motel using her mother's name and credit card. She was taken into custody without incident.

In charging documents, police said the daughter admitted repeatedly stabbing her mother.

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