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Defendant in years-old Dundalk murder case scheduled for Jan. trial
Defendant in years-old Dundalk murder case scheduled for Jan. trial

A Pasadena man who is scheduled to stand trial next month in the death of his girlfriend nearly 15 years ago will now face additional charges at the same time. Stephen Michael Cooke Jr., 43, is also accused of trying to get someone to hurt a man who he thought would testify against him. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen Cox granted prosecutors' motion Thursday to combine the charges of murder and conspiracy to commit witness intimidation into a single trial, which is scheduled to start Jan. 20. Cooke is accused of hiring two Colorado men to kill his girlfriend, Heidi Bernadzikowski. Bernadzikowski, 24, was found dead in their Dundalk home in April 2000. County prosecutors...

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