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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | October 16, 1991
On Jan. 13, Melvin L. McMains, a 37-year-old-auto mechanic and former Marine, shot his girlfriend nine times, then stabbed her 7-year-oldson 40 times, claiming the boy was the Antichrist.This account was not disputed by either the prosecution or the defense as McMains' trial began in Howard Circuit Court yesterday. At issue is whether McMains planned the killings, as the state claims, or whether the deaths of Caria and Christopher Roth resulted from McMains' PCP-induced delusions.The trial began with a shaky start as McMains announced to the jury: "I've been forced to use this counsel.
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August 13, 1993
Maury H. McMainsAthlete, coach, reporterMaury H. McMains, an All-Maryland quarterback for Western Maryland College and a sports reporter for The Sun in the late 1920s and early 1930s, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Freedom Village Retirement Center in Bradenton, Fla.Mr. McMains, who was 90, moved to Florida in 1968 after his retirement from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he worked after leaving The Sun. At Drexel, Mr. McMains was a football coach, director of athletics and head of the department of physical education.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | November 13, 1991
The jury that found a North Laurel man guilty of murdering his girlfriend and her 7-year-old son must now decide if he should receive thedeath penalty for his crimes.Melvin McMains, 37, was convicted last month of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of CariaRoth and her son, Christopher, on Jan. 13.In the sentencing phase of the trial, which began yesterday, the jury must determine whether McMains will receive a sentence of life in prison without parole, life with a chance of parole, or the death penalty.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | November 17, 1991
When a county jury sentenced Melvin L. McMains to life without the possibility of parole last week, it was the third time in four months that a convicted murderer has been spared the death penalty in the county.Anthony Lyons, McMains' public defender, said that the demographic make-up of county juries may play a role in their reluctance to impose death sentences."I would suspect that they're more liberal. Maybe they have a higher income level (and are) more educated," Lyons said. "The last alternative is to send somebody to death.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | November 17, 1991
When a county jury sentenced Melvin L. McMains to life without the possibility of parole last week, it was the third time in four months that a convicted murderer has been spared the death penalty in the county.Anthony Lyons, McMains' public defender, said that the demographic make-up of county juries may play a role in their reluctance to impose death sentences."I would suspect that they're more liberal. Maybe they have a higher income level (and are) more educated," Lyons said. "The last alternative is to send somebody to death.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | June 23, 1991
A Laurel man charged in January with killing his girlfriend and her 7-year-old son repeatedly admitted to committing the murders after police took him into custody.Police officers testified at a pretrial hearing Friday that Melvin McMains willingly talked about the crimeand expressed remorse for what he had done."I have sinned, I am a Christian. I did the right thing by calling the police," McMains said, after police arrived at his apartment tofind his live-in girlfriend, her son and the dog dead in a blood-spattered living room, patrol officer Jeffrey Fox testified.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Evening Sun Staff | October 16, 1991
A Laurel man who killed a 7-year-old boy with a double-edged knife and fatally shot the boy's mother last January was high on the drug PCP and thought the child was the Antichrist, his lawyer said.The description came yesterday during opening statements in the trial of Melvin McMains, 37.McMains is charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of Caria Roth, 30, and her son, Christopher Roth, at the apartment they all shared in the 9100 block of Bourbon St. in Laurel's Whiskey Bottom section.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | October 20, 1991
Testimony will resume tomorrow in the murder trial of a North Laurelman accused of killing his girlfriend and her 7-year-old son.Theprosecution expects to complete its case against Melvin McMains on Tuesday.McMains, 37, of North Laurel is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Caria Roth and her son, Christopher. The state is seeking the death penalty.Prosecutors last week played in court a taped interview of McMains telling a county police detective in painstaking detail how he killed his girlfriend and her son.Jurors listening to the tape heard McMains tell Detective Stephen Greisz, hours after the killings, that everything became clear to himas he sat watching television with his girlfriend, Roth, in their apartment at dawn on Jan. 13."
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | June 26, 1991
Although his judgment was impaired because he was under the influence of the drug PCP, Melvin McMains was thinking clearly when he told police in January that he had killed his girlfriend and her son, a forensic psychiatrist said Monday."
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | October 2, 1991
A Laurel man scheduled to stand trial next week on charges of killing his girlfriend and her son, told a Circuit Court judge on Monday that he refuses to participate in his trial because he is not satisfiedwith his attorney from the public defender's office.Melvin McMains, charged in the January slayings of his girlfriend, Caria Roth, 30, and her 7-year-old son, Christopher, complained that his attorney, Anthony Lyons, has not acted in his best interests in the preparationof his case."I feel as if he (Lyons)
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | November 13, 1991
The jury that found a North Laurel man guilty of murdering his girlfriend and her 7-year-old son must now decide if he should receive thedeath penalty for his crimes.Melvin McMains, 37, was convicted last month of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of CariaRoth and her son, Christopher, on Jan. 13.In the sentencing phase of the trial, which began yesterday, the jury must determine whether McMains will receive a sentence of life in prison without parole, life with a chance of parole, or the death penalty.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | October 20, 1991
Testimony will resume tomorrow in the murder trial of a North Laurelman accused of killing his girlfriend and her 7-year-old son.Theprosecution expects to complete its case against Melvin McMains on Tuesday.McMains, 37, of North Laurel is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Caria Roth and her son, Christopher. The state is seeking the death penalty.Prosecutors last week played in court a taped interview of McMains telling a county police detective in painstaking detail how he killed his girlfriend and her son.Jurors listening to the tape heard McMains tell Detective Stephen Greisz, hours after the killings, that everything became clear to himas he sat watching television with his girlfriend, Roth, in their apartment at dawn on Jan. 13."
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Evening Sun Staff | October 16, 1991
A Laurel man who killed a 7-year-old boy with a double-edged knife and fatally shot the boy's mother last January was high on the drug PCP and thought the child was the Antichrist, his lawyer said.The description came yesterday during opening statements in the trial of Melvin McMains, 37.McMains is charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of Caria Roth, 30, and her son, Christopher Roth, at the apartment they all shared in the 9100 block of Bourbon St. in Laurel's Whiskey Bottom section.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | October 16, 1991
On Jan. 13, Melvin L. McMains, a 37-year-old-auto mechanic and former Marine, shot his girlfriend nine times, then stabbed her 7-year-oldson 40 times, claiming the boy was the Antichrist.This account was not disputed by either the prosecution or the defense as McMains' trial began in Howard Circuit Court yesterday. At issue is whether McMains planned the killings, as the state claims, or whether the deaths of Caria and Christopher Roth resulted from McMains' PCP-induced delusions.The trial began with a shaky start as McMains announced to the jury: "I've been forced to use this counsel.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | October 2, 1991
A Laurel man scheduled to stand trial next week on charges of killing his girlfriend and her son, told a Circuit Court judge on Monday that he refuses to participate in his trial because he is not satisfiedwith his attorney from the public defender's office.Melvin McMains, charged in the January slayings of his girlfriend, Caria Roth, 30, and her 7-year-old son, Christopher, complained that his attorney, Anthony Lyons, has not acted in his best interests in the preparationof his case."I feel as if he (Lyons)
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | June 26, 1991
Although his judgment was impaired because he was under the influence of the drug PCP, Melvin McMains was thinking clearly when he told police in January that he had killed his girlfriend and her son, a forensic psychiatrist said Monday."
NEWS
August 13, 1993
Maury H. McMainsAthlete, coach, reporterMaury H. McMains, an All-Maryland quarterback for Western Maryland College and a sports reporter for The Sun in the late 1920s and early 1930s, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Freedom Village Retirement Center in Bradenton, Fla.Mr. McMains, who was 90, moved to Florida in 1968 after his retirement from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he worked after leaving The Sun. At Drexel, Mr. McMains was a football coach, director of athletics and head of the department of physical education.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Evening Sun Staff | January 14, 1991
A North Laurel man was charged last night with the deaths of his live-in girlfriend and her 8-year-old son, whose bodies were found on the living room floor of their home in the Whiskey Bottom Apartments, Howard County police said.Melvin Leslie McMains, 36, of the 9100 block of Bourbon St., was arrested yesterday morning and charged about 11 p.m. with two counts of first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a police spokesman.Gardner said McMains was being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center in Ellicott City following an appearance before a District Court commissioner.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | June 23, 1991
A Laurel man charged in January with killing his girlfriend and her 7-year-old son repeatedly admitted to committing the murders after police took him into custody.Police officers testified at a pretrial hearing Friday that Melvin McMains willingly talked about the crimeand expressed remorse for what he had done."I have sinned, I am a Christian. I did the right thing by calling the police," McMains said, after police arrived at his apartment tofind his live-in girlfriend, her son and the dog dead in a blood-spattered living room, patrol officer Jeffrey Fox testified.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Evening Sun Staff | January 14, 1991
A North Laurel man was charged last night with the deaths of his live-in girlfriend and her 8-year-old son, whose bodies were found on the living room floor of their home in the Whiskey Bottom Apartments, Howard County police said.Melvin Leslie McMains, 36, of the 9100 block of Bourbon St., was arrested yesterday morning and charged about 11 p.m. with two counts of first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a police spokesman.Gardner said McMains was being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center in Ellicott City following an appearance before a District Court commissioner.
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