Police allege Wilson Orellana-Lemus, 22, of Tamebird Court in Columbia murdered Amanda Nicole Harris and assaulted William James Webb with a baseball bat after he entered their apartment in the 8800 block of Spiral Cut through an unsecured window. He stole Harris’ jewelry and a cellphone, according to police.
Police charged Orellana-Lemus with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, and home invasion and theft. Orellana-Lemus is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.
Police responded to the couple’s apartment after family members asked for a check on their welfare last Sunday and found a woman who had died and a man who was significantly injured.
In the second reported homicide in less than two months, Howard County police have identified the woman who was found dead and a man who was suffering from “undetermined significant injures” at an apartment in Columbia on Sunday evening.