Man convicted of 2nd-degree murder

Jury rejects self-defense argument of man who stabbed friend 62 times

March 08, 2006|By ANDREA F. SIEGEL | ANDREA F. SIEGEL,SUN REPORTER

An Anne Arundel County jury has convicted Marcus Aron Christian, 46, of second-degree murder in the stabbing death June 4 of Michael P. Conway, his one-time roommate in a Jessup trailer park.

Christian, convicted Monday, is scheduled to be sentenced May 26. The maximum sentence is 30 years in prison. He had been charged with first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison.

"This case is about a justified homicide," Assistant Public Defender Elizabeth W. Palan told jurors last week as she contended the slaying was not murder but was about a man protecting himself in his home.

There was no dispute at the trial, over which Circuit Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch presided, that Christian stabbed Conway 62 times, mostly in the back. Christian admitted to police that he killed him, according to testimony. However, Christian maintained that he stabbed his friend in self-defense because Conway, 38, was menacing him with a metal baseball bat.

Assistant State's Attorney Frederick Paone told jurors that Christian told police that Conway's last words to him were "`You're stabbing me,' and his response was, `Yeah, I know.'"

The men had had a dispute stemming from Conway sometimes staying at Christian's home.

Paone said the bartender at a Severn bar threw Christian out the night of June 3 after Christian severely beat Conway.

Several hours later, back at Christian's mobile home, Christian complained to Conway about "mooching off him, and the arguing ensued," Paone said. He said Christian wanted Conway "out of his life."

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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