Suspect's wife held on forgery charge

Husband is accused of killing his mother at Subway in Arundel

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January 13, 2004|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

The wife of a man charged with stabbing his mother to death at an Annapolis-area Subway sandwich shop has been charged with forging a bloody $500 check from the dead woman's bank account.

In Baltimore County court documents, Jennifer Blevins, 22, is accused of forgery and theft in an incident Dec. 13, the day after her mother-in-law, Mary Ella Ginger, 51, was killed as she worked alone at the Subway.

Jason Austin Blevins, 24, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of his mother. His wife is not charged in the killing.

Police said Jason Blevins cashed a forged check from his mother's account Dec. 13 at an M&T Bank branch on Baltimore National Pike. The check had blood on it that matched Ginger's DNA, according to charging documents.

Jennifer and Jason Blevins also are charged in a bad-check incident in August in Johnson County, Iowa.

Authorities there said a check was stolen from Jennifer Blevins' mother and illegally cashed. Jason Blevins is in an Iowa jail on those charges. He is to be extradited to Anne Arundel County soon to face the murder charge.

Jennifer Blevins is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center and is to be extradited to Iowa soon to face the bad-check charges there, authorities said.

Although Maryland court records show no arrests or convictions for Jennifer or Jason Blevins, relatives say Jason Blevins had a drug habit and that there was tension between him and his mother.

"Mary got to the point where she couldn't take it anymore," said Gwen Law of Severn, Jason Blevins' aunt and Ginger's older sister.

According to court documents, Ginger had discovered that her son had used her checking account and her credit cards without her permission and put him out of her Steuart Lane home the day she was killed. The documents make no mention of Jennifer Blevins.

Police said Jason Blevins checked into a motel in Glen Burnie and later drove to the Subway in the Festival at Riva shopping center to confront his mother.

She was stabbed more than a dozen times that night, and her body was hidden in the shop's walk-in freezer, where police found it early the next morning.

Charging documents state that a witness saw Blevins dispose of clothing and a knife and wash blood from his wrists after he returned to the Glen Burnie motel. Police would not identify the witness.

"Any person that may have had information on this case ... we can't comment on that at this time," said Lt. Joseph Jordan, spokesman for the county police.

Jason Blevins' relatives described him as having had a good relationship with his mother while he was growing up. His mother raised him and his sister, Virginia Ginger, 20, as a single parent.

"It was a close family," Law said. "We're all in disbelief over this."

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