Court of Special Appeals upholds Tetso second-degree murder conviction

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld a Baltimore County man's conviction in the death of his wife who went missing the night she was supposed to go to a Motley Crue concert in Washington and whose body was never found.

Dennis J. Tetso, 47, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the presumed death of Tracey Leigh Gardner, lost his appeal that argued a lack of insufficient evidence to support conviction for second-degree murder.

Although Gardner's body was never recovered, the court's opinion agreed with the state's arguments that Gardner's disappearance and lack of contact with family and friends and use of credit cards was enough to show that Gardner was dead.

The opinion said "the facts, including those evidencing appellant's motive, intent, and conduct, are more than sufficient to support a conviction for second-degree murder."

Gardner vanished in March 2005; it was several years before Tetso was charged in Gardner's death.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Patrick Cavanaugh sentenced Tetso in 2010 to 30 years in prison with all but 18 years suspended followed by five years of supervised probation.

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