A West Coast man has admitted to involvement in a Maryland killing as part of a bid to collect life insurance. The man, age 31, told authorities on July 28 that he helped stage a crime scene in Kent County in 2009. The man’s partner has already been convicted in connection with the violent crime that left a Maryland woman dead on the side of the road.
Official reports show that the defendant was participating in a scheme to collect a half-million dollar life insurance policy on his friend’s wife. Authorities said that one of the men had just taken out a major life insurance policy on his wife. Shortly thereafter, the woman was found stabbed to death along a state road. The husband claimed that the pair had been carjacked, but he was eventually convicted of murder charges in connection with the crime. This other defendant admitted to staging the crime scene, leaving his own blood at the site of the crime in an effort to back up his friend’s carjacking story.
Authorities say that the blood left behind at the scene led to the defendant’s arrest after four years. The DNA was entered into the police database in 2009. A match was discovered after the defendant was arrested on unrelated charges in California and a routine DNA analysis was performed.
The defendant in this case could receive a 30-year prison term if a judge approves his plea agreement. News reports have not indicated the exact nature of the violent crime charges that the man is facing. The man was initially arrested in February, but legal proceedings are ongoing.
It is important to remember that a criminal defense does not always occur in the immediate aftermath of a crime. In fact, some defendants avoid prosecution for years — sometimes decades — for a variety of reasons. Penalties can still be enforced for allegations of violent crimes, however. Those who have been arrested in connection with older, “cold” cases may need to employ special strategies in the criminal courtroom.
Source: WBAL-TV, “California man admits connection to Eastern Shore killing” Greg Ng, Jul. 29, 2014