By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun
5:54 PM EDT, June 16, 2011
Baltimore police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old Linthicum woman whose body was found in Leakin Park last month, charging her boyfriend with first-degree murder.
Police said Lois Smyth had left her home to meet with boyfriend Kenneth Brunetti and attend a picnic on the afternoon of May 29. Court records show that police believe Smyth was "lured to the Gwynns Falls Trail" in the 3900 block of Windsor Mill Road and down a wooded path, where she was shot in the head.
The court records state that Brunetti used Smyth's bank card to withdraw $700 and took her car. A jogger found her body a few hours later.
Brunetti was arrested June 1 on a warrant charging him with violating probation stemming from a 2004 armed carjacking conviction in which he had been sentenced to 20 years, with 11 years suspended. Brunetti was served with the murder warrant early Thursday and was being held without bail.
Brunetti has a record of arrests stretching back to 1989, in Baltimore County, Howard County and Anne Arundel County, court records show. According to the Maryland Gazette, Smyth had two daughters and helped found the East Coast Majestic cheerleading organization.
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