North East man charged in neighbor's stabbing death; Documents say his blood matches that at the scene


Maryland State Police arrested a Cecil County man yesterday and charged him with the fatal stabbing of a female neighbor in May.

Christopher L. Thomas, 28, of the 700 block of Bethel Church Road in North East, was arrested in Pennsylvania, where he was doing construction work, said 1st Sgt. Laura Lu Herman of the Maryland State Police. She said Thomas was taken to the North East barracks yesterday afternoon.

State police at the barracks said Thomas waived his right to an extradition hearing shortly after his arrest.

After he was processed at the barracks, Thomas was taken to Cecil County Detention Center in Elkton, where he was being held without bail, pending a bail review hearing in District Court.

He is charged with murder in the death of Beulah G. Honaker, who was found stabbed to death in her home. The house showed signs of a violent struggle.

Investigators said Honaker's purse was stained with blood that was not hers, and they also discovered that $200 was missing from her bag. Police would not speculate about what led to the homicide.

"We haven't been able to determine a motive at this time," Herman said yesterday.

Court documents charging Thomas with murder indicated that DNA testing matched his blood with blood found at the scene that did not come from the victim. The documents also indicate that Thomas lived less than 100 yards from Honaker.

Yesterday's arrest was the second in the Honaker case. The day after the killing, state police arrested Allan Jacob Chesnet of North East. Charges against him were dropped six months later when DNA tests showed the blood found at the scene did not match Chesnet's blood.

Pub Date: 1/14/99

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