Man is charged with killing wife's boyfriend

March 20, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

City police have arrested a man in the stabbing death Tuesday of his estranged wife's boyfriend.

According to charging documents, police were called about 11:15 p.m. to the 1300 block of Dundalk Ave. in Southeast Baltimore, where William L. Smith, 24, was sitting in the passenger seat of a Pontiac Sunfire, unconscious and suffering from a wound to his upper chest.

Smith was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center just before midnight.

About the same time, another officer responded to the 6500 block of Cleveland Ave. for a report of an assault and learned that Smith and girlfriend Christine Jeddock had just left after visiting Jeddock's husband, Matthew J. Jeddock Jr.

Matthew Jeddock, 45, is alleged to have told the responding officer that his "wife's boyfriend beat the [expletive] out of me, and I am bleeding. I tried to get away from him, and then I stabbed him with his own knife."

But police said Jeddock later told them the knife was his. Other information led them to question his initial story. Smith had been stabbed twice, and injuries such as abrasions on his face and knees indicated that the attack was not self-defense but a result of "mutual combat," Detective Steven Matchett wrote in charging documents. A knife was recovered from the ceiling rafters of Jeddock's basement by crime lab technicians after police served a search warrant on the home.

Jeddock was charged with first-degree murder and a weapons violation and was ordered held without bond.

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