Ohio woman charged in 1969 Baltimore slaying

Arrest is part of effort to clear backlog of cases

February 04, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 59-year-old Ohio woman was arrested yesterday and charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Baltimore man more than 30 years ago, authorities said.

Until her arrest in Columbus, Wynona Lowe's case had been one of the oldest of thousands of cases in which people had been charged by city police with crimes ranging from petty theft to murder but never arrested, said Sgt. Scott Rowe, a city police spokesman.

Two weeks ago, police commanders announced that they were going to make reducing that backlog a priority as part of an initiative by the Police Department under Mayor Martin O'Malley to cut the city's homicide rate.

Lowe is charged in the stabbing death of Robert Brockington, 26, of the 800 block of N. Chapel St. in East Baltimore, who was killed Oct. 4, 1969. She is being held in the Franklin County, Ohio, jail pending a court appearance and possible extradition to Maryland.

Police were unable to provide details of the stabbing last night.

Months after the killing, authorities learned that Lowe might be in Columbus but were unable to find her.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Baltimore, city homicide detectives and federal marshals in Columbus developed unspecified new information about Lowe's whereabouts and arrested her without incident about 1 p.m., authorities said.

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