Man charged with trying to kill wife

Judge orders husband to have emergency mental examination

Held without bail

Wife is deputy prosecutor in Dorchester County

September 22, 1999|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

An Annapolis man was ordered jailed without bail in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center yesterday on charges that he tried to kill his wife, the deputy state's attorney in Dorchester County.

District Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis also ordered an emergency mental competency evaluation of Douglas D. Lund, 36, of the first block of Colonial Ave., at the request of prosecutors and defense lawyers.

An emergency evaluation must be conducted within 72 hours.

Lund was at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital from the time of the Sept. 7 incident until his arrest yesterday, said his lawyer, Gill Cochran. He said he expects his client to enter a plea of not criminally responsible, the equivalent of an insanity plea.

"I am endeavoring to get my client into a proper psychiatric setting," Cochran said. "Something happened between him and his wife when this occurred."

He would not elaborate on what happened or on the nature of Lund's mental problems.

Lund is charged with intentionally crashing the car he was driving, in which his wife was a passenger, early Sept. 7. Annapolis police said they think Amy P. Lund's seat belt was unfastened before the car crashed into a metal fence and barrier near the State House and that she was then forced from the car and her head banged into the pavement.

Prosecutors and police say they believe he then attempted to choke her, carried her toward the College Creek Bridge and put her down on the grass before he flagged down a passing vehicle for help.

Investigators said Amy Lund told them that she feared for her life,

She suffered a broken back, a broken collarbone, a black eye, cuts and bruises.

Lund is charged with attempted second-degree murder. Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office, said more charges are likely. She said the Lunds were living together at the time of the incident.

Amy Lund, 33, has worked in the Dorchester County prosecutor's office for four years, said Michael C. Maloney, the county state's attorney. She oversees the Circuit Court criminal cases, and jury trials. He declined to comment on her relationship with her husband.

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