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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2003
A lawyer for a Carroll County woman accused of arranging her husband's death said yesterday that the victim was fatally shot because of a dispute over drug money and that the gunman acted alone. Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley's attorney, David P. Henninger, focused on the alleged drug relationship between the gunman, Butchie Junior Stemple, 28, of Taneytown, and the victim, Scott E. Shipley, 27, in his opening statement. "Scott Shipley and Butchie Stemple dealt drugs together and used drugs together," Henninger said, adding that Stemple is not credible because he is seeking a more lenient sentence by testifying against Melissa Shipley.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2004
A Carroll County woman sentenced to life without parole for orchestrating the shooting death of her husband will not be allowed to have any contact with their 13-month-old son, a judge ruled yesterday. According to a written order signed by Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr., Melissa Baumgardner Shipley is to have no visits with her youngest son, nor any phone calls or letters. Beck's order allows the possibility of contact with the child at a later date. The decision followed a ruling Friday that granted permanent custody of the child to his paternal grandparents, Brenda and Raymond Shipley of Westminster.
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By William Rasmussen and Athima Chansanchai and William Rasmussen and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | June 11, 2003
The mother of a Carroll County man fatally shot last year testified yesterday that her son never mentioned making his wife, who is accused of arranging the killing, the beneficiary of his $100,000 life insurance policy. Testifying during the second day of her daughter-in-law's murder trial, Brenda Shipley described how insurance policies and other money matters were handled after her son's death. The testimony appeared designed to support prosecutors' contention that the daughter-in-law, Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley, was eager to cash in life insurance benefits after the slaying.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2004
A Carroll County woman sentenced to life without parole for orchestrating the shooting death of her husband will not be allowed to have any contact with their 13-month-old son, a judge ruled yesterday. According to a written order signed by Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr., Melissa Baumgardner Shipley is to have no visits with her youngest son, nor any phone calls or letters. Beck's order allows the possibility of contact with the child at a later date. The decision followed a ruling Friday that granted permanent custody of the child to his paternal grandparents, Brenda and Raymond Shipley of Westminster.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2004
A Carroll County woman convicted of arranging the murder of her husband for nearly $100,000 in life insurance money was sentenced yesterday to life without parole. Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley, 33, showed no emotion as Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced her to two life terms - one without possibility of parole - for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the Nov. 15, 2002, shooting death of her husband, Scott Shipley. Last year, Butchie Stemple Jr. admitted to police that he killed Shipley but said he did it on orders from Melissa Shipley.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2003
Scott E. Shipley almost always carried the money clip in his front pocket. It was a gift from the woman who would become his wife, engraved with a message to mark the birth of their relationship. Inscribed were his initials, SES, a date, 12/18/99, and: "You rock my world. Love, MLB" On 06/10/03, the tarnished money clip, along with the descriptions of its history and its travels, was displayed for a Carroll County Circuit Court jury. The money clip, the jury would learn, ended up side by side with the gun used to kill its owner.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2003
A lawyer for a Carroll County woman accused of arranging her husband's death said yesterday that the victim was fatally shot because of a dispute over drug money and that the gunman acted alone. Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley's attorney, David P. Henninger, focused on the alleged drug relationship between the gunman, Butchie Junior Stemple, 28, of Taneytown, and the victim, Scott E. Shipley, 27, in his opening statement. "Scott Shipley and Butchie Stemple dealt drugs together and used drugs together," Henninger said, adding that Stemple is not credible because he is seeking a more lenient sentence by testifying against Melissa Shipley.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2003
A lawyer for a Carroll County woman accused of arranging her husband's murder said yesterday that the victim was shot dead because of a dispute over drug money and that the gunman acted alone. But prosecutors described Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley as a free-spending bar-hopper, who, wanting her husband dead to collect on his life insurance policy, dangled $5,000 to prod a friend to carry out the killing. "This case is ugly, there's no way of getting around it," David P. Daggett, senior assistant state's attorney, said during opening statements in Shipley's trial, which began yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2003
The lawyer for a Carroll County woman accused of arranging her husband's fatal shooting says the confessed killer, expected to be a prosecution witness in a trial that is to start today, should not be believed. Attorney David P. Henninger says convicted murderer Butchie Junior Stemple is trying to divert blame for the killing of Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley's husband in hopes of getting a reduced sentence. "This is a guy who's in trouble and looking for a way out, and the only way is to blame someone else and get a deal," said Henninger, who represents Shipley.
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April 10, 2000
Canoeing and kayaking Haller and Taylor capture men's doubles canoe title Lecky Haller and Matt Taylor had a flawless final run to win the men's doubles canoe title in the U.S. Slalom Olympic Trials in Ocoee River, Tenn. David Hepp and Scott McCleskey finished in 1 minute, 58.50 seconds, but were penalized four seconds for two gate-touch penalties, giving them a two-run total of 4: 09.89. Haller and Taylor followed with their perfect run to finish with a 4: 06.89 total. David Hearn (single canoe)
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2004
It was a bittersweet victory for Raymond and Brenda Shipley. The Westminster couple had just been granted permanent custody of their 13-month-old grandson, Carter Ray Baumgardner. But the Shipleys, whose son was shot to death in a plot by his then-pregnant wife, still have one more hurdle: They want the court to bar the child from visiting his mother in prison. Melissa Baumgardner Shipley is serving a life sentence without parole at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2004
The chances of Brenda and Raymond E. Shipley running into the woman who plotted their son's killing were slim, but that didn't stop them from casting furtive glances behind the bars and gates of the Jessup women's prison, looking for signs of her. They didn't see their former daughter-in-law, Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley, but knowing she was locked away from the rest of the world reassured them. But nothing, they said, could ever make up for the loss of their eldest son. The Shipleys were among about 40 victims and victims' rights advocates who toured the prison last week.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2004
The chances of Brenda and Raymond E. Shipley running into the woman who plotted their son's killing were slim, but that didn't stop them from casting furtive glances behind the bars and gates of the Jessup women's prison, looking for signs of her. They didn't see their former daughter-in-law, Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley, but knowing she was locked away from the rest of the world reassured them. But nothing, they said, could make up for the loss of their eldest son. The Shipleys were among about 40 victims and victims' rights advocates who toured the prison last week.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 18, 2004
Armed with what she said are letters that exonerate her, the Carroll County woman sentenced to life in prison for arranging the murder of her husband for nearly $100,000 in life insurance is asking for a new trial. Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley, 33, said that a letter allegedly written by admitted triggerman Butchie Stemple Jr. -- who testified at her trial that she was the mastermind of the plot -- show that the man lied when he said she was involved in Scott Shipley's fatal shooting.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2004
A Carroll County woman convicted of arranging the murder of her husband for nearly $100,000 in life insurance money was sentenced yesterday to life without parole. Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley, 33, showed no emotion as Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced her to two life terms - one without possibility of parole - for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the Nov. 15, 2002, shooting death of her husband, Scott Shipley. Last year, Butchie Stemple Jr. admitted to police that he killed Shipley but said he did it on orders from Melissa Shipley.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2004
A Carroll County woman convicted of arranging the murder of her husband for nearly $100,000 in life insurance money was sentenced to life without parole yesterday. Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley, 33, showed no emotion as Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced her to two life terms - one without possibility of parole - for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the Nov. 15, 2002, shooting death of her husband, Scott Shipley. Last year, Butchie Stemple Jr. admitted to police that he killed Shipley but said he did it on orders from Melissa Shipley.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2003
Scott E. Shipley almost always carried the money clip in his front pocket. It was a gift from the woman who would become his wife, engraved with a message to mark the birth of their relationship. Inscribed were his initials, SES, a date, 12/18/99, and: "You rock my world. Love, MLB" On 06/10/03, the tarnished money clip, along with the descriptions of its history and its travels, was displayed for a Carroll County Circuit Court jury. The money clip, the jury would learn, ended up side by side with the gun used to kill its owner.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 23, 2003
After hearing two weeks of testimony that included descriptions of infidelity, allegations of drug use and accusations from a confessed murderer, the jury in the trial of a Carroll County woman charged with arranging the fatal shooting of her husband is to start deliberations this morning. The jury that will decide Melissa Lynn Baumgardner Shipley's fate will return to Carroll County Circuit Court after having a weekend to absorb closing arguments. Shipley sent a gunman to kill her husband to collect on his $96,000 life insurance policy, David P. Daggett, senior assistant state's attorney for Carroll County, said during closing arguments Friday.
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