Death penalty sought in rape-murder case BALTIMORE COUNTY

Baltimore County prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Cockeysville electrician charged with murder and rape in the case of a woman whose decomposed body was found in August at the Genstar quarry off Old Padonia Road.

Shane McKinley Merryman, 23, of the 800 block of Warren Road was arrested a month ago and released on $300,000 bond.


After filing the death penalty notice, prosecutor John P. Cox asked Circuit Judge Barbara Kerr Howe for an immediate hearing to revoke bail, saying, "There is a substantial risk of flight."

Defense attorney Richard M. Karceski objected, saying he wasn't told of Monday's indictment -- or of the death penalty notice -- until the last minute.


"There also is substantial bail, causing him to remain in town," said Mr. Karceski, noting that family members had posted four properties as bond. He declined comment on the charges.

The judge scheduled a bail-revocation hearing for tomorrow.

The indictment charges Mr. Merryman with murder, first-degree and second-degree rape, and first-degree and second-degree attempted rape.

The woman, Kristen Kathleen Haynes, 20, of the 1000 block of Misty Lynn Circle was reported missing Aug. 13 by her father.

On Aug. 22, a pedestrian found her body hidden under debris on the bank of the quarry. The body was nude from the waist down and the missing clothing was not found, according to the police statement of charges.

Ms. Haynes was last seen alive about 3 a.m. July 25 with Mr. Merryman, according to documents filed with the charges.

When questioned, Mr. Merryman first told police he had left Ms. Haynes at a telephone booth, according to the documents.

In a second interview, he told them she had died in a motorcycle accident, and that he was frightened and hid the body, dragging it to the quarry and losing the pants along the way. He showed police where to find the pants.


Police said Ms. Haynes had met Mr. Merryman previously but that they were not romantically involved.

The state medical examiner's office found the cause of death to be a blow to the head with a blunt object, which it said was not consistent with a motorcycle accident, according to the papers. The medical examiner was unable to determine whether she had been sexually assaulted.