Court links Maryland man to wife’s killing

Recently, the U.S. District Court in Baltimore convicted a 30-year-old former U.S. Navy air traffic controller of interstate domestic violence in connection with the stabbing death of his wife. He was also convicted of attempted witness intimidation and attempted obstruction of an official proceeding.

His wife’s body was discovered in a field in Maryland’s Eastern Shore in June 2009. The defendant was found at a nearby house, while his car was located in Washington, D.C. Federal authorities are convinced that the husband and another individual are responsible for the killing, but only the husband has been charged.

The defendant explained that he and his wife were driving from New York to Maryland when they were abducted at a New Jersey rest stop by a masked carjacker armed with a knife and a gun. He said the attacker got into their vehicle and made then drive to Maryland. At one point, the assailant instructed them to pull over on a quiet stretch of road. He then bound the defendant and knocked him out, while he stabbed the man’s wife.

The prosecution believes that the defendant planned, participated in and attempted to cover up his role in his wife’s death. Federal authorities report that DNA and other evidence shows that the man took part in the killing. Apparently, the man wrote a confession letter in which he reportedly admitted being the “real killer.”

Further, the authorities pointed out that the defendant had purchased a $500,000 life insurance policy prior to his wife’s death and had spoken about wanting to marry another woman. They believe he picked up his accomplice before they began driving south following a visit with relatives in New York City and then made up the story about the armed carjacker.

The court ordered that the defendant remain in federal custody until his sentencing hearing this spring.