Judge gives Glen Burnie man life term for the murder of his wife in 1995

January 23, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Glen Burnie man who murdered his wife and the next day took his lover and 11-year-old son to see the violent film "Pulp Fiction" was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

David A. Dicus, 41, gazed at his son Lucas, 15, as he was led in handcuffs from a packed Anne Arundel County circuit courtroom after Judge Ronald A. Silkworth pronounced the sentence.

Dicus was convicted in November of strangling his wife, Terry L. Keefer, on July 28, 1995, and dumping her body near Scaggsville. At the trial, his lover testified that Dicus killed his wife because a lawyer had told him he would not win sole custody of their son in the divorce he was contemplating.

Dicus maintained his innocence and said he was not carrying emotional baggage from the crime.

"He had no baggage because he had nothing to put in it," said Don Keefer, the victim's brother, who yesterday called Dicus "an impostor" masquerading as a caring relative but really devoid of normal emotions.

"I fully believe in my dad's innocence," Lucas said after the sentencing. "I also somehow believe that if he had done something, he would have had a good reason and I would forgive him."

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