County man charged after woman's body found in freezer

May 21, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A body believed to be that of a Woodlawn woman missing for more than a year was found in her former boyfriend's freezer in the home they had shared, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Corbett A. Powell, 41, of the 7100 block of Bexhill Road, was charged with first-degree murder after police officers, who received information from a confidential informant, searched his house and found the frozen body of a female in a chest freezer in the basement, said police spokesman Cpl. Vickie Warehime.

The body, which was whole, was taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy and identification, but neither was complete yesterday, officials said.

Blunt, who was 34 when she disappeared on May 9 of last year, was reported missing by her family. She was last seen at the Bexhill Road address, where she and Powell had lived before breaking up, according to court documents. Witnesses told police that Blunt had been shouting outside Powell's house.

At the time, Powell told police that Blunt left and that he had not seen her again. When detectives searched his house on Wednesday and found the body in the freezer, he said that the body was Blunt's, according to court documents.

After his arrest, Powell told police that he and Blunt had fought on the evening of May 9, and that she grabbed a shotgun from under his bed. When he took the gun away from her, it fired and killed her, according to police documents.

"There was a domestic history between these two individuals," Warehime said yesterday.

Court records showed that police had been summoned to the house several times for arguments, with both Blunt and Powell listed as defendants in several cases. Bail was denied for Powell, and he was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center yesterday, jail officials said.

Pub Date: 5/21/99

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