Man charged in wife's slaying


Baltimore County police today charged Vincent G. Wade, 28, with the first-degree murder of his estranged wife, whose body was found yesterday in her Middle River-area apartment by her 12-year-old daughter returning home from school.

The victim, Joann Wade, 27, apparently died of strangulation in the apartment in the 3700 block of White Pine Road, across from Martin State Airport, said E. Jay Miller, police spokesman. An autopsy was scheduled for today.

The husband, who lives at his mother's home in the 3200 block of Ryerson Circle in Lansdowne, was under police guard today at Harbor Hospital Center in South Baltimore, where he was being treated for an apparent overdose of medicine or other drugs.

He had been under a court order to stay away from his wife's house, after being charged Jan. 8 with assault on the couple's daughter.

But Miller said police believe Wade went to the home early yesterday. At some point, Wade took his 7-month-old son to Wade's sister's house in Baltimore.

When Wade had not returned by 8 p.m., the child was taken to Wade's mother's home in Lansdowne, Miller said.

Meanwhile, Joann Wadewas found dead in bed about 3:30 p.m. by her daughter, whose name police declined to reveal.

The daughter immediately ran to a neighbor's home.

Then, shortly before 10 p.m., the county Fire Department received a call to a house in Lansdowne, the home of Wade's uncle, where they found Wade suffering from the apparent overdose.

Wade was taken to the hospital, and charges were filed against him later, Miller said.

On Jan. 8, Wade was arrested on a warrant for assaulting the couple's 12-year-old daughter. He was released on $5,000 bail and ordered to stay away from the house. Police said that the next day, however, he went to the house and was banging on the door, attempting to gain entry, but left before officers arrived.

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