4 killed in Balto. County in weekend of violence

Police say victims included elderly couple who died in apparent murder-suicide

April 01, 2003|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Four people were killed in an unusual spree of homicides in Baltimore County over the weekend, including an elderly couple in a murder-suicide, police said yesterday.

The violence began Friday night in Reisterstown when Henry Paul Polk Sr., 44, was fatally stabbed with a kitchen knife in his home in the 100 block of Carolstowne Road, police said. Police said yesterday that the victim's son, Henry Paul Polk Jr., 19, of the same address, has been charged with first-degree murder.

The next morning in Baldwin, a 79-year-old woman was found shot and killed, along with her 78-year-old husband.

Police said William Theodore Trivett died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, police said. His body and the shotgun were discovered in the garage of the couple's home in the 6700 block of Lewis Road by a friend who stopped to check on them, police said.

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Trivett's wife, Thelma Evelyn Trivett, who had been ill and bedridden for nine years, had been shot at close range in the back, according to police reports. She was found dead in her bedroom.

Saturday night or early Sunday, a Dundalk man was killed in his apartment next to a bar on North Point Road, police said.

Detectives were searching yesterday for a suspect in the bludgeoning death of Kenneth Allen Roberts, 48, who lived in the 2700 block of North Point Road next to Butler's Stag Bar.

Police said he was last seen at the bar about 2 p.m. Saturday. A friend discovered his body in his apartment about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to police reports.

"This weekend was highly unusual for Baltimore County," said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.

The county has had 13 homicides this year, compared with six at this time last year, police said.

However, three of the killings counted in the 2003 total occurred years ago, Toohey said.

Last week, detectives arrested and charged a Bel Air man with first-degree murder in the March 2001 death of the 18-month-old son of his girlfriend. At the time of the death, police said that Kevin Michael Murech, 28, of the first block of Midhurst Court told them he had rolled over onto the child, who had been sleeping with him at his girlfriend's home in the 4400 block of Bronze Wing Court in White Marsh.

The state medical examiner ruled that the little boy, Kerah Kanuer, suffocated, but said the manner was undetermined, according to Toohey.

However, the state's attorney's office and police decided to file murder charges against Murech, who was being held at the county jail without bail yesterday.

Police also have reported solving the 1976 homicide of Edwina Faith Campbell in Essex and the 1985 killing of Helen Marie Clark, whose body was never found.

Police charged Paul Brown Clark, 56, in February with Campbell's killing. He was the husband of Clark.

Police consider the 1985 case "exceptionally cleared," Toohey said, because Paul Clark killed himself last month at the Baltimore County Detention Center before police formally charged him with his wife's death.

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