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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1996
Stephen Andrew Lucado, who pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to murder an Irvington handyman on an isolated dirt road near Finksburg nine years ago, was sentenced to 13 years in state prison yesterday.In accordance with the plea arrangement, Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. suspended all but 13 years of the sentence and placed Lucado on five years of probation upon his release.Lucado, 42, of Roanoke, Va., was a principal witness for prosecutor David Daggett at the murder trial last month of Cordell Albert Patton, once Lucado's good friend.
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December 4, 2003
On December 2, 2003, CHARLES J., beloved husband of Juanita Bay Stansbury; devoted father of Mike Stansbury and his wife Regina, Karen Stansbury, Linda Grainge, Bobby Swigert and his wife, Debbie, Sandy Lucado and her husband Joe; cherished grandfather of Chucky Stansbury, Timmy, Shane, and Danny Swigert, Caylee and Alyssa Grainge, Jake and Ally Lucado, Crystal Woods, David Stansbury. Friends may call at the Daugherty Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center,.P.A., 2601 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122 on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M., where services will be held on Friday, 11 A.M. Interment is private.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1996
Jurors in the murder trial of Cordell Albert Patton heard another version yesterday of what happened in the hours after the slaying of an Irvington handyman on an isolated dirt road in Finksburg nine years ago.Cordell Albert Patton, 41, a truck driver, is charged with first-degree murder in the 1987 death of John C. Ruhs, who prosecutors say was the victim of a jealous husband.Merle Lucado said she was not asked to provide an alibi in the shotgun slaying of Ruhs until March 30, 1987. This would have been three days after Stephen Lucado, her former husband, who has pleaded guilty to being an accomplice in the slaying, and Diane Patton, the defendant's former wife, testified they had told her about their roles in the death of Ruhs.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1996
A Southwest Baltimore truck driver convicted in May of killing an Irvington handyman in Finksburg nearly 10 years ago was sentenced to life in prison yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. denied Cordell Albert Patton's motion for a new trial before announcing the sentence and rejected the 41-year-old defendant's plea to remain free on bond pending an appeal.Hilda Mae Fefel, the mother of the victim, John C. Ruhs, said she would have preferred to see Patton "sitting in an electric chair with Diane Patton and Stephen Lucado holding each of his hands."
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1996
The trial of a Southwest Baltimore man accused of killing an Irvington handyman in Finksburg nine years ago is scheduled to begin today.Cordell Albert Patton, 41, of Smallwood Street is charged in the death of John Ruhs on March 27, 1987, allegedly killed because Ruhs was seeing Patton's wife. The couple had separated about two months earlier.Court records show that state police investigators originally had pursued a jealous husband theory but lacked sufficient evidence.In December, Stephen Andrew LuCado, 41, who lives with his second wife in Norfolk, Va., pleaded guilty to helping Patton kill Ruhs, 46, court records show.
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December 4, 2003
On December 2, 2003, CHARLES J., beloved husband of Juanita Bay Stansbury; devoted father of Mike Stansbury and his wife Regina, Karen Stansbury, Linda Grainge, Bobby Swigert and his wife, Debbie, Sandy Lucado and her husband Joe; cherished grandfather of Chucky Stansbury, Timmy, Shane, and Danny Swigert, Caylee and Alyssa Grainge, Jake and Ally Lucado, Crystal Woods, David Stansbury. Friends may call at the Daugherty Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center,.P.A., 2601 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122 on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M., where services will be held on Friday, 11 A.M. Interment is private.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 22, 1996
Cordell Albert Patton, on trial for murder in the slaying of an Irvington handyman, testified yesterday that he didn't fire the shotgun that killed John C. Ruhs in Finksburg nine years ago.Patton, 42, of southwest Baltimore, told Carroll County Circuit Court jurors that he was stupid for telling Merle Lucado that he shot Ruhs because he liked her and knew that her marriage would have ended if she found out that her then-husband, Stephen, was involved in...
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer | August 17, 1995
Stephen LuCado, charged in the death of a Baltimore man more than eight years ago along a dusty Finksburg road, was released on bail yesterday after his in-laws put up their Glen Burnie home as collateral.Mr. LuCado, 41, and Cordell Albert Patton, 40, were charged last week with first-degree murder and other related counts in the death of John Ruhs, an electrician and handyman from Southwest Baltimore. Mr. Ruhs' body was found March 27, 1987, in his car along a road in Finksburg.Both men had been charged previously in Mr. Ruhs' death, but those charges were dropped before trial because the state's attorney decided he didn't have enough evidence for a conviction.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1995
Prosecutors alleged in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday that a jealous husband with a short temper caused the death of John Ruhs along a secluded Finksburg road more than eight years ago.That's the same theory state police investigators pursued at the time of the killing on March 27, 1987, but charges were dropped for lack of evidence.This time, however, Stephen Andrew LuCado confessed to helping the jealous husband, Cordell Albert Patton, kill Mr. Ruhs and pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of conspiracy to commit murder and being an accessory after the fact.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1996
Jurors in the murder trial of Cordell Albert Patton heard strikingly different versions of what happened the night John C. Ruhs, an Irvington handyman, died on an isolated dirt road in Finksburg nine years ago.Prosecutor David Daggett said yesterday that Cordell Patton, 41, committed the March 1987 shotgun slaying because he was a jealous, spiteful husband.In his opening statement, defense attorney Michael Kaminkow told the Carroll County Circuit Court jury that his client's former wife, Diane Patton, manipulated the men in her life to achieve her own evil goals.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1996
Stephen Andrew Lucado, who pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to murder an Irvington handyman on an isolated dirt road near Finksburg nine years ago, was sentenced to 13 years in state prison yesterday.In accordance with the plea arrangement, Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. suspended all but 13 years of the sentence and placed Lucado on five years of probation upon his release.Lucado, 42, of Roanoke, Va., was a principal witness for prosecutor David Daggett at the murder trial last month of Cordell Albert Patton, once Lucado's good friend.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 22, 1996
Cordell Albert Patton, on trial for murder in the slaying of an Irvington handyman, testified yesterday that he didn't fire the shotgun that killed John C. Ruhs in Finksburg nine years ago.Patton, 42, of southwest Baltimore, told Carroll County Circuit Court jurors that he was stupid for telling Merle Lucado that he shot Ruhs because he liked her and knew that her marriage would have ended if she found out that her then-husband, Stephen, was involved in...
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1996
Jurors in the murder trial of Cordell Albert Patton heard another version yesterday of what happened in the hours after the slaying of an Irvington handyman on an isolated dirt road in Finksburg nine years ago.Cordell Albert Patton, 41, a truck driver, is charged with first-degree murder in the 1987 death of John C. Ruhs, who prosecutors say was the victim of a jealous husband.Merle Lucado said she was not asked to provide an alibi in the shotgun slaying of Ruhs until March 30, 1987. This would have been three days after Stephen Lucado, her former husband, who has pleaded guilty to being an accomplice in the slaying, and Diane Patton, the defendant's former wife, testified they had told her about their roles in the death of Ruhs.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1996
Protected by immunity, Diane Patton calmly told a Carroll County Circuit Court jury yesterday how she lured John C. Ruhs to his shotgun death on an isolated dirt road in Finksburg nine years ago because she feared her then-husband, Cordell Patton, who is charged in the slaying.Prosecutor David Daggett led the 41-year-old witness for the state through two hours of testimony in which she admitted having an affair with Ruhs, seeing him three times while separated from Cordell Patton in the fall of 1986.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1996
Jurors in the murder trial of Cordell Albert Patton heard strikingly different versions of what happened the night John C. Ruhs, an Irvington handyman, died on an isolated dirt road in Finksburg nine years ago.Prosecutor David Daggett said yesterday that Cordell Patton, 41, committed the March 1987 shotgun slaying because he was a jealous, spiteful husband.In his opening statement, defense attorney Michael Kaminkow told the Carroll County Circuit Court jury that his client's former wife, Diane Patton, manipulated the men in her life to achieve her own evil goals.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1996
The trial of a Southwest Baltimore man accused of killing an Irvington handyman in Finksburg nine years ago is scheduled to begin today.Cordell Albert Patton, 41, of Smallwood Street is charged in the death of John Ruhs on March 27, 1987, allegedly killed because Ruhs was seeing Patton's wife. The couple had separated about two months earlier.Court records show that state police investigators originally had pursued a jealous husband theory but lacked sufficient evidence.In December, Stephen Andrew LuCado, 41, who lives with his second wife in Norfolk, Va., pleaded guilty to helping Patton kill Ruhs, 46, court records show.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1996
Protected by immunity, Diane Patton calmly told a Carroll County Circuit Court jury yesterday how she lured John C. Ruhs to his shotgun death on an isolated dirt road in Finksburg nine years ago because she feared her then-husband, Cordell Patton, who is charged in the slaying.Prosecutor David Daggett led the 41-year-old witness for the state through two hours of testimony in which she admitted having an affair with Ruhs, seeing him three times while separated from Cordell Patton in the fall of 1986.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1996
A Southwest Baltimore truck driver convicted in May of killing an Irvington handyman in Finksburg nearly 10 years ago was sentenced to life in prison yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. denied Cordell Albert Patton's motion for a new trial before announcing the sentence and rejected the 41-year-old defendant's plea to remain free on bond pending an appeal.Hilda Mae Fefel, the mother of the victim, John C. Ruhs, said she would have preferred to see Patton "sitting in an electric chair with Diane Patton and Stephen Lucado holding each of his hands."
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1995
Prosecutors alleged in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday that a jealous husband with a short temper caused the death of John Ruhs along a secluded Finksburg road more than eight years ago.That's the same theory state police investigators pursued at the time of the killing on March 27, 1987, but charges were dropped for lack of evidence.This time, however, Stephen Andrew LuCado confessed to helping the jealous husband, Cordell Albert Patton, kill Mr. Ruhs and pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of conspiracy to commit murder and being an accessory after the fact.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer | August 17, 1995
Stephen LuCado, charged in the death of a Baltimore man more than eight years ago along a dusty Finksburg road, was released on bail yesterday after his in-laws put up their Glen Burnie home as collateral.Mr. LuCado, 41, and Cordell Albert Patton, 40, were charged last week with first-degree murder and other related counts in the death of John Ruhs, an electrician and handyman from Southwest Baltimore. Mr. Ruhs' body was found March 27, 1987, in his car along a road in Finksburg.Both men had been charged previously in Mr. Ruhs' death, but those charges were dropped before trial because the state's attorney decided he didn't have enough evidence for a conviction.
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