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Carroll County judge schedules May jury trial for Westminster man accused of killing and dismembering his father in October

Ravi Pansuriya, the Westminster man charged with first-degree murder in October in the stabbing death of his father, a Carroll County doctor, appeared in court in person for the first time Wednesday.

During a brief status conference in Carroll County Circuit Court in Westminster, Judge Fred Hecker scheduled a jury trial for Pansuriya to begin on May 1.

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Pansuriya, 29, was arrested Oct. 2 and charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father, Maganbhai Madhubhai Pansuriya, 58, a doctor in Westminster.

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Alexander Cruickshank, an assistant public defender in the Office of the Public Defender Maryland, will represent Pansuriya in the jury trial and Carroll County State’s Attorney Melissa Hockensmith will prosecute.

Hockensmith said Wednesday an autopsy of human remains believed to be Maganbhai Pansuriya found Oct. 3 on the shoulder of Medford Road in Westminster had not yet been completed. The autopsy has been delayed due to the condition of the body, she said.

Because the defense does not yet have access to all evidence, a motions hearing set for April 6 could be delayed, Hecker said.

“It’s a critical discovery that the state is waiting for,” Hecker said.

Cruickshank must enumerate the motions he plans to make by March 7 or ask for the motions hearing to be rescheduled.

Deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on Maganbhai Pansuriya’s home on Oct. 3 after his wife reported him missing, according to the statement of probable cause filed in the District Court of Maryland for Carroll County.

Investigators “observed what appeared to be possible human flesh” on the rear bumper of a truck registered to Maganbhai Pansuriya and on a doormat in the home’s driveway. Deputies located blood throughout the home, including in the bathroom and garage. and also found “numerous tools” that appeared to have blood, tissue and hair on them in the garage.

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Deputies also found clothing with suspected blood on them they say belonged to Ravi Pansuriya, according to the statement.

The statement of probable cause noted that video surveillance from a local Walmart confirmed that Ravi Pansuriya purchased an Ozark Trail brand hatchet on the morning of Oct. 3. The hatchet was found in the home.

Maganbhai Pansuriya had been licensed to practice medicine in Maryland since 1997. His license was on probation since May 17, according to the Maryland Board of Physicians, because of sexual misconduct allegations.

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