Grand jury indicts Hampstead teen on murder charge in mother's death

19-year-old accused of using butcher knife and bayonet in attack

May 07, 1999|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County grand jury yesterday indicted a 19-year-old Hampstead woman on first-degree murder and other charges in the fatal stabbing and bludgeoning of her mother last month, said State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes.

Kristi Lynn Ziemski, 19, has been held without bail since her arrest April 9 in the death of her mother. Doris A. Ziemski, 52, was found dead the night before in her townhouse in the 1400 block of Popes Creek Drive, after the elder Ziemski's ex-husband became concerned at not seeing her for several days and asked the police to check the home. Kristi Ziemski sometimes lived in the home.

Ziemski, who gave up her right to a bail hearing, also was indicted on a charge of using dangerous and deadly weapons with intent to injure, a misdemeanor, Barnes said. These were "a butcher-type knife and a military bayonet, the kind you would attach to a rifle, [and] a piece of wood."

Other charges included theft of a motor vehicle and theft of the elder Ziemski's pocketbook and its contents, valued at less than $300, he said. "I don't foresee [additional counts] in the future, based on the evidence in hand."

There is no aggravating factor that would allow him to seek the death penalty, Barnes said.

In other indictments, Barnes said, the grand jurors charged:

* Roy D. Marshall, 33, of Westminster, the former owner of a Reese carpet store, with second-degree arson in the 1997 burning of a building he leased on Route 140. Other counts included burning a business with intent to defraud an insurance company, attempted theft, and conspiracy. Barnes has said the insurance company did not pay a claim of more than $100,000 for the fire at Marshall's Carpet & Services.

Marshall is serving a 10-year prison sentence, imposed in March 1998 on his guilty plea to theft and attempted theft for bilking customers of down payments for carpets and services from his business.

* Mark James Bauerlien, 37, of 21 Ward Ave. in Westminster with various charges in connection with 12 alleged destructive devices seized at his home March 29. The three counts, all felonies, are possession of destructive devices, manufacture of destructive devices, and possession of explosives without a license, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

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