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Carroll County Times
Carroll County Crime

Hampstead man sentenced to life in prison for December 2020 murder of his wife

Jeffrey McQuay Caples, 61, of Hampstead, was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after being found criminally responsible in September for the December 2020 murder of his wife, Kelly Ann Caples, 57.

Caples entered an Alford Plea to the first-degree murder count on Sept. 12, and his plea was followed by a four-day trial before Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Richard Titus. During the trial, Caples said he was not criminally responsible for his wife’s death. On Sept. 15, Caples was found criminally responsible for the death of Kelly Ann Caples.

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In an Alford plea, the defendant pleads guilty but maintains he or she is innocent.

Jeffrey Caples’ attorneys in the Carroll County Public Defender’s Office said Wednesday they had no comment on the case.

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According to the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, Caples was taken into custody on Dec. 2, 2020, after sheriff’s deputies responded to his home in the 2600 block of Day Spring Drive, for a report of a woman who had been struck in the head and was not breathing. Kelly Ann Caples was pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation by police revealed that Jeffrey Caples hit Kelly Caples repeatedly in the head with a hammer, then stabbed her multiple times, according to a news release from the state’s attorney.

“This conviction and sentence represent a significant step in securing justice for Mrs. Caples, whose life was tragically, brutally ended,” State’s Attorney Allan Culver stated in the news release.

Members of Kelly Ann Caples’ family gave “emotional and heartfelt” impact statements to the court at the sentencing hearing Tuesday, the news release stated.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant State’s Attorneys Seth Giller and Amy Blank Ocampo.

Baltimore Sun Media reporter Ethan Ehrenhaft contributed to this article.


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