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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | November 10, 1998
Jurors being asked to order the execution of confessed killer Joseph R. Metheny yesterday heard a tape of his emotionless confession to the 1994 strangulation of Cathy Ann Magaziner, a prostitute he buried near his trailer at a Southwest Baltimore pallet company.In August, Metheny, 43, pleaded guilty to murdering and robbing Magaziner. A jury in Baltimore County, where the case has been moved from the city, is being asked to sentence Metheny to death.Metheny is serving life without parole for the 1996 murder of Kimberly Spicer, and another 50 years for kidnapping and an attempted sex offense of Rita Kemper also in 1996.
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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 Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1998
Joseph "Tiny" Metheny was found guilty of first-degree murder yesterday for the horrific fatal stabbing of Kimberly Spicer but spared the death penalty by a Baltimore judge, who ruled that he did not rob or sexually assault the woman before he killed her.After three weeks of gruesome testimony that sickened courtroom spectators, city Circuit Judge Clifton J. Gordy held up a photograph of Spicer, 23, before handing down his verdict, saying the case was...
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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 Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1998
A Baltimore circuit judge denied a motion yesterday to acquit accused killer Joseph R. Metheny of first-degree murder, but he held off on rulings that are keys to whether Metheny could get the death penalty.Judge Clifton J. Gordy said he will rule Tuesday afternoon on defense motions seeking acquittal on separate charges of attempted rape, attempted first-degree sex offense, robbery and murder while committing a felony.The judge's rulings are critical to the state's chances of getting the death penalty for Metheny, who is on trial in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Kimberly Spicer.
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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 Sarah Pekkanen and Sarah Pekkanen,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1998
Joseph R. Metheny dragged his hands across his face, listening as his voice was played yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court in a tape-recorded confession he gave to police more than a year ago."I killed her. I'm a very sick person," Metheny is heard saying on the tape in response to questions by Baltimore homicide Detective Homer M. Pennington Jr.Metheny, 43, on trial for murder in the stabbing death of Kimberly Spicer, 23, confessed to police hours after her body was found near his Southwest Baltimore trailer on Dec. 15, 1996.
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By Sarah Pekkanen and Sarah Pekkanen,SUN STAFF | April 24, 1998
Standing in a Baltimore courtroom yesterday, Joseph Metheny appeared to be an unsettling bundle of contradictions.Nicknamed "Tiny," the suspected serial killer required two linked-together sets of handcuffs to pin his beefy arms behind his back. Delicate, tattooed teardrops dotted the corners of his eyes as he stared at a judge who will decide if he is guilty in the fatal stabbing of a 23-year-old woman.Metheny, 42, who has claimed he killed up to 10 people, went on trial this week Baltimore Circuit Court in the slaying of Kimberly Spicer, who was found dead Dec. 15, 1996.
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By From staff reports | February 12, 1998
The Board of Estimates approved yesterday a $50,000 request from the Baltimore state's attorney's office to pay for DNA testing, expert witnesses and psychiatrists in the death penalty cases against Joseph R. Metheny, a suspected serial killer.Metheny, who was sentenced last month to a 40-year prison term for kidnap and assault, is charged with killing two women in the Southwest Baltimore neighborhood where he lived and burying their bodies in a nearby wooded area in 1996.Metheny is scheduled to go to trial in the death penalty cases April 22.Man sought in 1981 slaying is arrested north of SeattleA man wanted in connection with a slaying outside a city after-hours club in 1981 has been arrested in a town north of Seattle.
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