Slain woman's mother-in-law, man indicted on murder charges

September 17, 1999

A Howard County grand jury indicted a Baltimore man and the mother-in-law of a slain Elkridge woman on murder charges yesterday, authorities said.

Sara J. Williamson Raras, 33, mother of a then 1-year-old child, was stabbed to death at her home on Meadowfield Court in November.

On Aug. 24, Howard County police arrested and charged Raras' mother-in-law, Emilia Raras, 63, of Parkville, and Ardale D. Tickles, 19, in the slaying.

Yesterday, the grand jury indicted Raras and Tickles on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Raras also was indicted on a charge of soliciting to commit first-degree murder. Tickles received an additional charge of first-degree burglary.

Authorities allege that Raras hired Tickles to kill her daughter-in-law. Though the investigation appeared to be stalled several months after the slaying, police received a tip from an informant in June that helped them focus on Tickles.

Both suspects remain in custody.

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