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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1998
Defense lawyers for Joseph "Tiny" Metheny called a surprise witness yesterday in an effort to help their client avoid a possible death sentence -- the lead homicide detective who investigated the gruesome killing.The lawyers are trying to show that the former Baltimore forklift operator does not deserve the death penalty because he did not commit an aggravating crime, such as sexual assault, when he allegedly killed Kimberly Spicer in 1996 when she was 23.The defense called the detective to try to make a bizarre but important point: that Metheny, 43, preferred to have sex with dead women and necrophilia is not considered a crime in Maryland.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | January 9, 1998
Describing Joseph R. Metheny as unrepentant and dangerous, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge sentenced the suspected serial killer yesterday to 50 years in prison for kidnapping, assault and threatening to rape a woman.In imposing the maximum penalty, Judge John N. Prevas said he wanted to prevent Metheny "from doing this to anyone else, at least in my lifetime." Prevas said he also looked at Metheny's criminal history, which he said indicated a penchant for violence.Past charges included assaults during barroom brawls and an incident in which Metheny hit a woman in the head with a bottle while he was in the Army, for which he received a court martial -- virtually all related to alcoholism and drug abuse.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1997
Joseph R. Metheny was found not guilty yesterday of attempting to murder a Southwest Baltimore woman, a key decision in favor of a man accused of killing two women and suspected of as many as eight other slayings.The jury did find Metheny guilty of assault, kidnapping and a sex offense for an incident early Dec. 8 at his home in the 3200 block of James St. near Washington Boulevard in Southwest Baltimore. The victim said during the trial that she was there to share drugs, but Metheny kept her against her will, demanded sex and threatened to sodomize her.Metheny could be sentenced to a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison for the assault, kidnapping and sex offense charges.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1997
Wrapping up their case yesterday against suspected serial killer Joseph R. Metheny, on trial facing charges of attempted murder and attempted rape, prosecutors replayed an audio recording in which the suspect indicates he intended to kill the Baltimore woman."
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By Alec Klein and Alec Klein,SUN STAFF | May 2, 1998
It was growing dark that Tuesday evening in the winter of 1996 when conversation over a few shots of Southern Comfort and lines of cocaine turned to talk of a dead body."
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | May 16, 1998
A day after escaping the death penalty for the fatal stabbing of Kimberly Spicer, Joseph "Tiny" Metheny was sentenced yesterday to spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.Metheny, 43, a confessed serial killer who claims he has killed as many as 10 people, sat stone-faced as Baltimore Circuit Judge Clifton J. Gordy pronounced the sentence. He told Metheny the sentence will be consecutive to a 50-year term he is serving for kidnapping and sexually abusing another woman.
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By Michael R. Driscoll and Michael R. Driscoll,Staff writer | October 5, 1990
Guitarist Pat Metheny, 36, travels so much he should probably have more than the two homes in Boston, Mass., and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to call his own."I divide my time between here and Boston," he said in a telephone call from Rio, "but I'm on the road most of the time."One of the top names of contemporary jazz, the award-winning performer and composer for film, television, and theater will be at Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts for two shows Sunday.This concert will be Metheny's first visit to Annapolis, part of a short tour to help publicize his latest album, "Question and Answer," recorded on the Geffen label.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | December 21, 1996
In several articles last week, the age of homicide victim Kimberly Spicer was incorrectly reported. She was 23.The Sun regrets the error.Joe Ray Metheny wants to stop killing people.That's why, his lawyer said yesterday, the 41-year-old suspect in multiple killings has sat down with a homicide detective and confessed to strangling, stabbing and mutilating three women and drowning a man."He's depressed, confused and under a lot of medication," said attorney Margaret A. Mead, who met with her client for 90 minutes Thursday in the psychiatric ward of the Baltimore City Detention Center.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | July 25, 2000
The Maryland Court of Appeals overturned yesterday the death sentence of Joseph R. Metheny, a Baltimore man who admitted killing a prostitute and begged the jury at sentencing to let him die. The court found insufficient evidence that Metheny had robbed the woman, an aggravating circumstance that allowed prosecutors to seek the death penalty. Metheny confessed to killing Cathy Ann Magaziner in 1994 near the Southwest Baltimore pallet company where he worked. When he was sentenced by a Baltimore County jury four years later, Metheny's lawyers said that although the defendant buried Magaziner's clothing and a purse in a different place than her body, his removal of the items was not part of the crime.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1996
In several articles last week, the age of homicide victim Kimberly Spicer was incorrectly reported. She was 23.The Sun regrets the error.A man arrested Sunday in the slaying of a woman was charged yesterday with two more murders and has confessed to a fourth, according to police -- capping a frantic investigation into a series of mysterious disappearances over the past three years.Police -- startled that they now have linked the killings and discovered another they didn't know about -- hope the arrest solves the unusually gruesome crimes.
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