Wife held in fatal stabbing of man, 46

65-year-old found dead in unrelated killing

May 31, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A Johns Hopkins University maintenance worker was fatally stabbed yesterday morning during an argument with his wife in their Northeast Baltimore home, city police said.

Witnessing the stabbing were the couple's 12-year-old son and the victim's 65-year-old father, police said, adding that the wife was arrested at the scene.

Thomas McKnight, 46, and his wife, Michele, 36, both of the 5800 block of The Alameda, were arguing in the bedroom about 10 a.m. when the woman allegedly stabbed her husband once in the upper chest with a steak knife, according to Detective Thomas Martin.

After the wife dialed 911 and requested police and an ambulance, Thomas McKnight was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died less than an hour later, Martin said. A knife believed used in the stabbing was recovered at the scene.

Michele McKnight was taken to police headquarters, where she was charged with first-degree murder and was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center pending a bail review hearing tomorrow.

In an unrelated slaying, the beaten body of a 65-year-old man was found Friday morning in the bedroom of his home in the 3700 block of Keswick Road, police said.

Police found Earl Emmerick's bloodied body about 2:30 p.m., lying in his bed on the second floor, after a 911 call by the man's 74-year-old sister. She had gone to the house to check on her brother, with whom she hadn't spoken since Tuesday, said Detective Marvin Sydnor.

He said the woman called police when she noticed something suspicious about the house, and that his 2003 Nissan Altima was gone, Sydnor said.

He said Emmerick appeared to have been beaten with a blunt weapon and had probably been dead since Tuesday.

Emmerick's car was located Saturday in West Baltimore, occupied by four females who told police a drug dealer had let them use it, police said.

Their story checked out, and none was charged in the man's death or with auto theft. Police were seeking the unidentified drug dealer in connection with Emmerick's death.

Police also said yesterday they had identified Jennifer Fischbach, 32, of the 1900 block of Lemmon St. as the woman whose decomposed body was found May 23 on the second floor of a vacant house in the 1200 block of Bayard St. in South Baltimore.

Her death has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner's office. Detective Joseph Phelps declined to elaborate on the cause of death.

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