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Conviction of wife in killing of spouse is upheld


Maryland's second-highest court upheld yesterday the conviction of Kimberly M. Hricko, who is serving a life term for the murder of her husband at a golf resort near St. Michaels on Valentine's weekend in 1998.

Judge Charles E. Moylan Jr. of the Court of Special Appeals wrote that the Laurel woman's plot to poison her husband, Stephen Michael Hricko, was a Hamlet-like play within a play, similar to the dinner-theater murder mystery - "The Bride Who Cried" - that the resort's guests were solving that weekend.

Moylan suggested calling the real-life case "The Widow Who Lied."

Hricko, a surgical technician, was convicted last year in Talbot County Circuit Court of injecting a powerful muscle relaxant into her husband and setting their suite ablaze during what he had believed would be a romantic escape to help resolve their troubled nine-year marriage.

Hricko's friends testified that she told them how she planned to stage the death to look like an accident.

She also received a concurrent 30-year sentence for arson.

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