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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 Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1997
Describing him as a man "you could see the evil in," the victim of an alleged attack by Joseph R. Metheny, a suspected serial killer, said in court testimony yesterday that she feared she was going to die on a night their friendship went sour and he demanded sex."Whatever Tiny wanted to do that night, he was going to do," said a tearful and shaking Rita Kemper, calling Metheny by his nickname."He told me I could scream as loud as I wanted to," Kemper said. "I knew that he wasn't going to let me out of there alive.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | November 6, 1997
Wearing mostly blank stares on his face and dressed in a plain gray sweat shirt and sweat pants, Joseph R. Metheny, a serial killing suspect, went on trial yesterday in the only case against him in which the alleged victim survived.Metheny is charged with assaulting, kidnapping and attempting to rape and murder 37-year-old Rita Kemper early Dec. 8.The case is a prelude to murder charges that Metheny will face next month.Police say Metheny told them he killed as many as 10 people. The state is seeking the death penalty for the killings of two women whose bodies were found near his home -- a trailer in 3200 block of James St. near Washington Boulevard in Southwest Baltimore.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1997
Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy announced yesterday that she is seeking the death penalty against Joseph Ray Metheny in the killings of two women -- the first time the prosecutor has sought the ultimate punishment since taking office two years ago.Metheny, 42, has claimed that he has killed up to 10 people, including two homeless men he was acquitted of bludgeoning to death last year.Metheny is charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the killings of Kimberly Lynn Spicer, 23, and Cathy Ann Magaziner, ++ 39. Police say he confessed to both killings, but Metheny pleaded not guilty to the charges yesterday.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | January 13, 1997
Staring into a video camera in the fall of 1995, 23-year-old Kimberly Spicer didn't know it but she didn't have much longer to live."What are you doing, Kim?" asked her sister, who was shooting a home video of the family's visit to their stepfather before his open-heart surgery at Harbor Hospital Center."I'm looking out the harbor window, wishing I was on the boat," said the pretty auburn-haired woman, then unemployed, struggling with a crack cocaine problem and drifting through life in lower-middle-class South Baltimore.
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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 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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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1996
In several articles last week, the age of homicide victim Kimberly Spicer was incorrectly reported. She was 23.The Sun regrets the error.Baltimore police have failed so far to corroborate a murder suspect's claim that he was responsible for two nonrelated killings, but they are continuing to search for clear-cut evidence of the slayings, officials said yesterday.Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman, said that detectives have searched two undisclosed locations in the city and have reviewed dozens of missing-persons reports in an effort to connect the suspect, Joe Metheny, 41, to the two killings he claims to have committed.
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