Woodmoor woman pleads guilty in husband's slaying


A 28-year-old Woodmoor woman pleaded guilty yesterday in the fatal Valentine's Day stabbing of her husband, who had kept her up all night playing cards with friends and arguing loudly about various brands of malt liquor and beer.

The murder charge against Cynthia Selina Anderson was reduced to manslaughter, and the prosecution will recommend a two- to seven-year sentence, said Susan H. Hazlett, a Baltimore County assistant state's attorney handling the case.

Police had arrived at the couple's apartment in the 3400 block of Aurora Lane at 4:30 a.m. Feb. 14 to find 33-year-old Derek Anderson bleeding from a single stab wound in the chest. He died 20 minutes later.

In her statement, Anderson told police that her husband and three friends began drinking early the previous day and went out for more beer several times during the night.

She said she had to get up early for work and an argument began when she tried to break up the men's party.

At one point, she told police, she opened the front door and told the men to get out.

One of the men at the party confirmed that account, according to the police report. He also told police that a "deep and heated discussion about which malt liquor was the best and which beer was the best" had continued for an hour.

Anderson told police said that while arguing with her husband, she "just picked up the knife to scare him." But when Mr. Anderson grabbed at her robe, she flailed out with the long, thin-bladed filleting knife and struck him once in the chest.

The knife punctured Mr. Anderson's aorta, the major artery carrying blood from the heart. An upstairs neighbor trained in emergency medicine was unable to save him.

Circuit Judge Leonard S. Jacobson ordered a presentencing report and continued Anderson's bail at $2,500.

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