Judge denies bail to slaying suspect ANNE ARUNDEL


The Annapolis man charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his roommate was ordered held without bail yesterday by a District Court judge who called the crime "the most serious offense you can face short of treason."

Judge Joseph P. Manck said he saw no reason to release Arthur Leo Brennen, 23, of the 1300 block of Washington Ave., on bail pending his trial.

Mr. Brennen is accused of killing Douglas Dewayne Palmer, 31, on Tuesday. The two men shared a single-family home in the Oyster Harbor neighborhood of Annapolis.

Anne Arundel County police were tipped to the homicide Wednesday evening after the suspect surrendered to Virginia authorities.

Prince William County police informed Anne Arundel police about 7:40 p.m. that a man had called them from a pay phone at a Woodbridge shopping center and said he had murdered someone in Annapolis. Mr. Brennan waited at the pay phone for Prince William officers to pick him up.

Police officers who went to the Annapolis home found Mr. Palmer the floor with a knife in his chest, authorities said. They were unable yesterday to say what the argument was about.

No trial date has been set.

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