3 killed in unrelated cases in Balto. Co.

woman, man are held

November 29, 2008|By From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Baltimore County police said yesterday that they have arrested a Lutherville woman in the fatal shooting Wednesday of a man in Sparks and arrested a man in an unrelated fatal stabbing Thursday of a woman in Randallstown.

In addition, they were investigating a third homicide, the death of a Middle River woman found Thursday strangled in her bed.

Police said they arrested Rex Nicholas Wesley, 36, of the first block of Deepwater Court in Cockeysville, last night in the stabbing death of his girlfriend, Donna Brown, 30. They said Brown's mother arrived about 8:30 p.m. Thursday at her daughter's home in the 3800 block of Marriottsville Road in Randallstown, where she found Brown on the floor, stabbed in the back of the neck.

According to police, Brown's mother said she saw Wesley standing over Brown, and that Wesley ran away. Police did not say where they found him late yesterday but that he was being questioned by homicide detectives. No charges had been filed as of last night.

Brown was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she died a short time later, police said.

Police said Keri Lynne Schneider, 36, has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Timonium man Wednesday. Timothy Paul Lekin, 35, of the first block of Cormer Court was found shot in his car in the 100 block of Sparks Valley Road in Sparks. Police said evidence at the scene linked Schneider, of the first block of Thornhill Road, to the killing.

Police said that Schneider was having a relationship with Lekin, and that after the shooting, Schneider called her husband, who picked her up from the crime scene and drove to Hagerstown. She was arrested Thursday morning by state police in Hagerstown and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Her husband has not been charged, police said.

Police were continuing yesterday to investigate the death of Tanya Drakes, 33, whom officers found dead in her bed Thursday at her home in the 700 block of Maple Crest Drive in Middle River. Police went to her house after being notified that Drakes had not been seen for several days.

An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was strangulation. Police said they had no suspects.

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