Annapolis man admits to slaying, says he was having LSD flashbacks


A 25-year-old Annapolis man admitted yesterday in Circuit Court that he stabbed an attendant at a Crofton tanning salon last year while he apparently was experiencing flashbacks from hallucinogenic drugs.

Ray Hoggard Jr. pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder before Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. in the attack at Sun Seekers Tanning Salon in Crofton last April. He faces 18 years in prison under a plea agreement worked out with Ronald M. Naditch, assistant state's attorney.

Ironically, the victim's brother and estranged husband were on the paramedic crew called to help Hoggard, who apparently stabbed himself during the attack.

Mr. Naditch said he agreed to recommend an 18-year prison sentence in exchange for the guilty plea. The maximum for assault with intent to murder is 30 years.

Police said they learned from Hoggard's sister that he had been experimenting with LSD in the weeks before the attack. And physicians at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center who examined him said it is likely he was having flash backs at the time of the attack, Mr. Naditch said.

The results of tests by both defense and prosecution physicians that showed Hoggard was under the influence of drugs and alcohol would make it difficult to prove that he had sufficient mental capacity to intentionally kill someone, Mr. Naditch explained.

Police said the victim, Michelle McIntire, was lying on a tanning bed in a cubicle in the salon shortly before 6 p.m. April 2, 1991, when Hoggard burst through the unlocked door and began stabbed her repeatedly about the face and torso.

When Ms. McIntire's screams for help brought others to her booth, Hoggard fled through a rear door. Mr. Naditch said Hoggard was so frenzied that he stabbed himself in the attack.

Police who were called to the scene trailed Hoggard to a grassy area near the Shoreline Seafood Building along Route 3 in Crofton, where they found a bloody butcher knife with an 8-inch blade.

Police said that Mr. Hoggard did not know Ms. McIntire. She was not in court yesterday.

Ms. McIntire, 24, was listed in critical but stable condition after attack at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she had surgery for stab wounds to her face, neck, arms and chest. Family members said yesterday that she has recovered from the attack but still suffers from migraine headaches.

Hoggard was bleeding so profusely from his left forearm that he had to be treated at the Prince George's County Trauma Center, Mr. Naditch said.

Physicians there said he registered a .08 blood alcohol content and that appeared pale, dazed and incoherent in the hospital.

Judge Thieme set sentencing for Sept. 25.

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