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Port Deposit man allegedly raped, then killed Kami Ring

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More details have emerged in court documents about the murder of a 10-year-old Cecil County girl, whose alleged killer was ordered to remain in jail without bail on Friday morning.

Richard Eugene Madden Jr. allegedly raped and killed Kami Ring before leaving her body in the field behind the Port Deposit house where she was staying, according to a statement of charges.

Kami's body was found Monday. She was partially nude, with signs of a cutting injury to the neck and injuries indicating she had been raped, as well as having been struck in the head, the charging documents state.

Madden, 29, who had just been released from prison in February after serving time for theft, was charged Thursday with first-degree and second-degree murder, as well as rape and assault.

Madden was already in police custody when the murder charges were filed. He had been charged with drug offenses on Monday, during the time Maryland State Police were investigating the girl's disappearance, and had not posted bail in the drug case.

Kami was reported missing Sunday night from the Waibel Road home where Madden lives along with a couple the girl called her "grandparents" and who are identified in the charging documents as Walter Clark and Cynthia Clark. In addition, Madden appears to have considered the girl his "niece," even though State Police have said there was not a biological relationship between Kami and anyone living in the Waibel Road home.

In the news release announcing Madden's arrest on Thursday, State Police identified the Clark couple as "the parents of Madden."

The charging documents also state: "Ring is the friend of the daughter of the family."

Cecil County State's Attorney Edward Rollins declined to comment on the relationships, or any other aspects of the case, Friday morning. He said it was his office's policy not to comment on such matters.

Madden consented to a DNA test, which positively linked him to biological evidence on Kami's body, according to the charging documents.

A shoestring was found on the girl's body as well, and police found gray tennis shoes belonging to Madden with missing shoestrings, the charging documents state.

Madden also had scratch marks on his chest he could not explain, the charging documents state.

Walter Clark, the man Kami knew as her "grandfather," told police Madden's shoes normally have shoelaces, the charging documents continue.

Clark also said he woke up at 7 a.m. on Monday, the day Kami was reported missing, and saw Madden doing laundry, which seemed "completely out of character," according to the statement of charges.

Madden told Clark he needed to wash his work clothes. He had just returned from a shift at Denny's Restaurant, where Cynthia Clark had picked him up after she presumed Kami had gone to bed, the statement of charges continues.

But Madden also seemed to be "not acting himself" and "troubled" that morning, Walter Clark told police.

Madden told investigators he returned from work, took a shower and slept on the living room couch instead of in his bedroom, according to the charging documents.

He told investigators he awoke at 9 a.m. Monday and started making breakfast for Kami, then called his cousin who arrived and found Kami missing, according to the charging documents.

In a post on his Facebook page, dated Monday, Madden wrote: "right now i am going out of my [expletive] head.........my neice kami want missing some time in the night or morning... so pleas if i have seen or heard anything please let me know ASAP."

One neighbor told investigators that the search should include the field across from the home, but when she began walking over to it, Madden grabbed her arm and said, "Those babies would not be walking over there near those briars" and suggested the search should instead focus on the area around power lines in the opposite direction, according to the charging documents.

State Police investigators spent the better part of Monday and Tuesday searching for evidence on the Waibel Road property where Kami's body was found and also in the surrounding neighborhood. The girl's body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

During his bail review in District Court in Elkton Friday morning, Madden "declined to come down" and appear on closed circuit television for the hearing, according to staff at the Cecil County Detention Center, where he is being held.

Cecil County District Court Judge Stephen Baker ordered him to continue to be held without bond and then briefly discussed with prosecutors whether Madden would still be eligible for the death penalty, with none of them reaching any conclusions.

The General Assembly passed legislation in its most recent session repealing capital punishment, but that legislation, which was signed into law by the governor, will not go into effect until Oct. 1.

During Friday's court proceeding a preliminary hearing on the murder charges was also set for July 12.

The funeral for Kami Ring, who lived in the Cecil County community of Charlestown with her mother, stepfather, half-brother and half-sister, will be held Monday in North East.

Prior prison time

Madden has prior contact with the state criminal justice system dating to 2002 when he was 18 and, according to state court records, was charged with multiple theft and related counts. He subsequently pleaded guilty to a single count of theft over $500.

According to charging documents from that case, Madden helped three other suspects steal five cars from Greenway Motors in North East. He also admitted to stealing a Cadillac from 3 York Drive near Port Deposit on Jan. 24, 2002. He was arrested after a pick-up truck was found set on fire on England Creamery Road near North East on Jan. 28. Madden and three other suspects fled on foot and were apprehended after 40 minutes, according to the documents.

Erin Julius, a spokesperson for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services explained via e-mail Friday that Madden entered the state prison system in January 2003 to serve 15 months starting from July 22, 2002 for grand larceny. He was released to mandatory supervision on April 24, 2003, with Julius noting that the time he spent in the local detention center prior to the disposition of the case would have counted toward his time served.

According to the department, mandatory supervision "means the release of an inmate from the Institution to the supervision of the Division of Parole and Probation, on the date that the inmate has served the equivalent of his or her full sentence minus allowances for diminution of the period of confinement or sentence provided for by law."

Julius wrote that Madden "was received back at DPSCS" on Nov. 13, 2009 to serve five years "for violating probation in the same grand larceny case and was then released to mandatory supervision" on Nov. 19, 2012.

Julius also wrote a Parole Commission "retake warrant" was issued on Dec. 3, 2012 and Madden was returned to DPSCS on Dec. 12. He was again released to mandatory supervision on Feb. 8, 2013, she wrote.

Aegis staff member Allan Vought contributed to this article.

 

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