A former homeless man was charged yesterday with the fatal stabbing of a 70-year-old Southwest Baltimore woman who took him in because she felt sorry for him, police said.
Jessie Malcolm, 57, was charged with first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the slaying Wednesday of Lillian Dupont, said Detective Gary T. Dunnigan of the homicide unit.
Ms. Dupont, who lived in the 1800 block of W. Pratt St., was fatally stabbed in the heart with a butcher knife, police said.
Ms. Dupont, who received Social Security disability payments, had invited Mr. Malcolm to move into her house last month after she saw him sleeping in the street. "She attempted to be a good Samaritan and gave him a place to stay," Detective Dunnigan said.
The couple got into arguments shortly after Mr. Malcolm moved in, police said, and Ms. Dupont had threatened to throw him out.
Neighbors told police that hours before Ms. Dupont's body was discovered, they heard two people in the house in a heated argument.
Ms. Dupont was found dead about 3 a.m. Wednesday after Mr. Malcolm flagged down a police cruiser and said that he had just come home and discovered the victim, bleeding profusely. A pillow covered her face, he told police.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr. Malcolm was held for several hours by homicide detectives on Wednesday but was released.
He was charged at 3 p.m. yesterday after numerous parts of his story turned out to be false, Detective Dunnigan said.
A small amount of cash -- about $12 or $13 -- might have been taken in the attack, police said. Ms. Dupont usually kept her money on her person but none was found, police said.
Mr. Malcolm was being held without bail at police headquarters last night, pending a bail review hearing today.