Jury indicts 78-year-old man in Warren apartments killing

A second man is charged in unsolved 1983 slaying

May 30, 2001|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County grand jury indicted two men yesterday, one on charges stemming from the death of his estranged wife in Essex in 1983, the other on charges related to the killing of an elderly neighbor in Cockeysville this month.

Burnest Bush Jr., 43, of the 800 block of Bonaparte Ave. in East Baltimore, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing and strangulation of his estranged wife, said Assistant State's Attorney S. Ann Brobst.

In the second case, Arthur E. Pascoe, 78, was indicted in the fatal shooting May 2 of June V. Maxwell, also 78, and an attack on a second woman, Carolyn D. Lyons, 71. He faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Pascoe and the two women lived on the second floor of Warren Place Apartments, a building for the disabled and senior citizens at the site of the former Cockeysville Elementary School on York Road.

Court records show that at the time of the incident, Maxwell and Lyons were planning to go to court to obtain a protective order against Pascoe, who had been notified that his lease would not be renewed because he had been harassing the two women.

Maxwell and Lyons, who were close friends, called police at 2:33 p.m. May 2 after Pascoe ordered Maxwell not to leave her apartment.

Pascoe apologized when police advised him to stay away from the women and was told by building managers that he would be evicted if he did not leave by July 31, according to charging documents.

Later that afternoon, Maxwell decided to seek the protective order.

Lyons was walking to Maxwell's apartment - they planned to go to court together - when Pascoe grabbed her and pointed a handgun in her face and pulled the trigger twice, charging documents say. The gun failed to discharge.

Lyons was beaten in the head and shoulders with the butt of the pistol before she escaped to her apartment.

Pascoe then walked to Maxwell's apartment, which was next door to his, and shot her in the face, according to charging documents.

Pascoe was being held without bail yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Bush also is at the detention center. His 24-year-old wife was found April 18, 1983, stabbed and strangled in her apartment in the 900 block of Ashbridge Drive in Essex.

Bush was interviewed by Baltimore County police after his wife's death, but he disappeared a short time later.

When detectives found him in January, he gave a different alibi than he had given in the first interview, police said.

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