Ex-boyfriend is charged in killing of resident at UM Medical Center

Doctor found asphyxiated at her Catonsville home

police seeking suspect

January 28, 2003|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

An ex-boyfriend of a Catonsville psychiatrist who was found smothered at her home last week has been charged in the 34-year-old woman's death, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Police were searching for James William Buie, 38, who has been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the death of Witney Holland Rose, a second-year resident at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Officers discovered her body Wednesday in the bedroom of her apartment in the 400 block of Shade Tree Court, according to charging documents. An autopsy determined Rose died of asphyxiation.

Rose's cousin, Nadine Holmes, told officers she last spoke to Rose just after midnight on Jan. 21, after Buie came to Rose's apartment and the two began arguing. Holmes said she asked Rose whether she should call 911 but that Rose said she could handle Buie herself, charging documents say.

When Rose didn't show up for work Jan. 21 and Wednesday, Rose's cousin asked police to check on her. "She wasn't the kind of person who missed work," said her father, Stanley Rose of Rochester, N.Y.

Rose's sister, Quincy Lucas of Dover, Del., said her sister had lived with Buie briefly but asked him to leave more than a month ago. He had been driving her Nissan 240S but returned it Jan. 21, according to police reports

Buie, whose last known address is in the 2500 block of Hollins St. in Baltimore, may be in another state, police said. According to police charging documents, Rose's cell phone has been used in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Her silver 1998 Jeep Cherokee also is missing.

Born in Baltimore, Rose attended John Paul Regional School and was a 1986 graduate of Western High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Florida in Gainesville and later enrolled at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, where she earned her medical degree in May 2001.

Funeral services will be at noon tomorrow at the March Funeral Home West, 4300 Wabash Ave. in Baltimore.

Rose's killing is the second homicide in the county this year. Anyone with information about Buie is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

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