Man's threats had preceded wife's killing

October 23, 2004|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A Dundalk man who fatally shot his estranged wife and wounded one of her friends before killing himself Thursday night had previously threatened to kill the woman and himself, according to court records and police.

Mark Todd Chiveral apparently was waiting with a shotgun outside his wife's house in the 800 block of Jaydee Ave. when she got home about 11 p.m. Thursday from bowling with a friend, police said yesterday.

Chiveral fired at least one shot through the window of a car, hitting his wife's friend, identified yesterday as Heather Marie Szczepanik, in the head, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman. She was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center yesterday, police said.

Chiveral's estranged wife, Amy Marie Giorgakis-Chiveral, 23, was already dead from a gunshot wound to the head when police arrived, Toohey said. About 6 feet away, police found Chiveral, 26, dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

In a request for a protective order against Chiveral, which a Baltimore County District Court judge granted last month, Giorgakis-Chiveral wrote: "Mark pushed me on the couch and slapped me in the face ... then grabbed a knife off the counter and threatened to kill himself. ... He said, `Forget it. I'm going to kill you first and then kill myself.' He then held the knife to my throat. I begged him to stop."

A co-worker at Orthopedic and Hand Surgery Associates, where Giorgakis-Chiveral had worked as a physical therapist's assistant, said that the young woman "was in fear for her life."

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