Suspect in slaying says he killed 2 others Police searches yield no evidence for claims


In several articles last week, the age of homicide victim Kimberly Spicer was incorrectly reported. She was 23.

The Sun regrets the error.

Baltimore police have failed so far to corroborate a murder suspect's claim that he was responsible for two nonrelated killings, but they are continuing to search for clear-cut evidence of the slayings, officials said yesterday.

Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman, said that detectives have searched two undisclosed locations in the city and have reviewed dozens of missing-persons reports in an effort to connect the suspect, Joe Metheny, 41, to the two killings he claims to have committed.

But as of yesterday, "I don't think detectives have been able to pinpoint" any victims, Ringgold said. Metheny has not provided names or other details of the two people he claims to have killed.

Metheny was charged with first-degree murder Sunday. He was acquitted in July of the ax murders of two homeless men.

In July, a Circuit Court jury concluded there was insufficient evidence to convict Metheny of bludgeoning the homeless men under the Hanover Street Bridge in a makeshift village called "Tent City."

On Sunday, police charged Metheny, who lives in a truck trailer at the Joseph Stein & Son pallet company in the 3200 block of James St., with killing Kimberly Spicer, 26.

Her mother reported Spicer, of the 3000 block of Huron Ave. in South Baltimore, missing on Nov. 11. Her body was found under a trailer less than 10 feet from where the suspect lives.

Police said they think Spicer was slain in the trailer. Detective Homer Pennington said furniture had been removed from the trailer and that attempts had been made to clean bloodstains.

The owner of the pallet company, Joseph E. Stein, 61, of Westminster, was charged with being an accessory after the fact of homicide for allegedly disposing of evidence, police said. Stein and Metheny were arrested as they left a Christmas party in South Baltimore.

Metheny, who has convictions for assault and drug possession, apparently met Spicer at a tavern shortly before she was fatally stabbed, police said.

Metheny had been charged with killing Randy Piker and Randall Brewer, both 33 and residents of "Tent City." Their bodies were found Aug. 2, 1995, on top of each other on a mattress. An autopsy showed that each had been hit in the head with an ax.

Homicide detectives said they recovered the alleged weapon from a resident of a rival tent city, Larry Amos, who allegedly stole it and used it to kill another homeless man, Everett W. Dowell.

That killing was on the same day the bodies of Piker and Brewer were found. Amos was charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years in prison, with all but six years and three months suspended. He has since been released.

Police said there had been several arguments among the Tent City residents -- including several threats from people who said they would kill everyone in the camp -- before the slayings occurred.

Pub Date: 12/18/96

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