Boyfriend charged in Baldwin woman's murder

Suspect remains in critical condition from self-inflicted stab wounds

maryland news

August 31, 2005

The boyfriend of a woman who was fatally stabbed Tuesday in her Baldwin home has been charged with first-degree murder, Baltimore County police said today.

Alice Tremper, 34, was found dead after an argument at her home in the 5300 block of Sweet Air Road in the Baldwin area of northern Baltimore County. John Albert Coles, 30, who is in critical condition from self-inflicted stab wounds, will receive a bail hearing as soon as his medical condition allows it, police said.

Coles is at Maryland Shock Trauma Center under police guard. Detectives said the man and the woman both lived in the home, and that this was a domestic-related incident.

Dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call at 5:49 a.m. Tuesday from the home, police said. When officers arrived, they found Tremper suffering from stab wounds to the upper body. She was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

Warehime said police believe the stabbing was preceded by an argument outside the house. Police found blood on a sport-utility vehicle in the driveway and a pool of blood on the house's parking pad, she said.

Tremper's 8-year-old daughter also was inside the home but was unharmed, Warehime said. Police removed the girl from the home until accommodations could be made for her.

Sun staff contributed to this report.

Originally published August 31, 2005, 2:40 PM EDT

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