Two enter guilty pleas in separate 2003 killings

Two homicides occurred in the Annapolis area

February 08, 2005|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Two Anne Arundel County men pleaded guilty to second-degree murder yesterday in separate killings in 2003

Jason Austin Blevins, 26, of Edgewater pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to stabbing his mother Dec. 12, 2003, in a Subway sandwich shop where she worked near Annapolis. A heroin addict, Blevins stabbed his mother 53 times and stuffed her body into a store refrigerator, prosecutors said.

Also yesterday morning, Shawn Eric Woodlin, 31, of Annapolis pleaded guilty to the Aug. 29, 2003, shooting of a man outside an American Legion hall in Annapolis.

The killing of Mary Ella Ginger, 51, at the Subway restaurant shocked customers and merchants at the Festival at Riva shopping center.

Assistant State's Attorney Pamela K. Alban told Circuit Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis that Blevins killed Ginger after she told him and his wife, Jennifer Blevins, that they could no longer stay at her house.

Minutes after Blevins' hearing, in a separate courtroom, Woodlin pleaded guilty to killing Howard Eugene Stevens, Jr., 36.

Stevens, an Annapolis man who family members said drove dump trucks for a living, was shot as he sat in a truck parked outside an American Legion hall on Forest Drive. Another man was fatally shot at the same American Legion hall in August 2002.

Woodlin was attacked and shot by two masked men as he stepped off a bus in February 2003, defense attorney Warren Brown said. Woodlin was convinced that Stevens was the person who had tried to kill him, Brown said.

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