A 78-year-old Cockeysville man was charged yesterday with fatally shooting one of his neighbors and injuring a second at the apartment complex where they lived. Court records show the two victims were on their way to court to obtain a protective order against the man when the attacks occurred Wednesday.
Arthur E. Pascoe, a resident of Warren Place Apartments, appeared in Baltimore County District Court yesterday on a charge of first-degree murder and was denied bail.
He is being held at the county Detention Center.
Pascoe is accused of fatally shooting June V. Maxwell, 78, and beating Carolyn D. Lyons, 71, with a pistol.
Neighbors described Maxwell as a devout Christian who conducted Bible classes in her apartment. Lyons was released from the hospital yesterday and is staying with relatives.
All three lived on the second floor of the apartment building, in the former Cockeysville Elementary School at 10535 York Road.
Wednesday's incident marks the third time in the past five years that Pascoe has been arrested on charges stemming from disputes with neighbors.
In one case, in 1996, he was acquitted. In the second, a year later, the charges were dropped after he agreed to move.
The attack Wednesday occurred a few hours after apartment managers told Pascoe his lease was not being renewed because he had been harassing Maxwell and Lyons.
"He called her names and things like that," said Lyons' sister, Margaret Dietz of Sykesville in Carroll County.
"She would ask him why he was so angry with her and he did not tell her, he would just go into another verbal tirade. ... He wanted to go out with her, and she would not."
Maxwell and Lyons, who were close friends, called police at 2:33 p.m. Wednesday after Pascoe ordered Maxwell not to leave her apartment, according to charging documents.
It was the second time that day police had been summoned to the building because of Pascoe's actions.
Pascoe apologized after he was advised by officers to stay away from the two women, according to charging documents. He was then told he would be evicted if he did not leave by July 31.
According to court documents, Maxwell called her daughter for advice on how to get a protective order against Pascoe. About 3:45, the two women decided to go to court to seek the order.
As Lyons walked to Maxwell's apartment, Pascoe grabbed her and pointed a handgun in her face, the documents say.
'I heard screaming'
He pulled the trigger twice, but the gun failed to discharge, according to the charging document. Pascoe began beating Lyons in the head and shoulders with the butt of the pistol, according to the document.
Lyons escaped to her apartment and Pascoe, who was standing nearby, fired two shots into her door, Dietz said.
Pascoe then walked down to Maxwell's apartment, next door to his, where he confronted her and shot her in the face, according to charging documents.
"I'm on the phone, I heard screaming and then I heard a bang, a couple of bangs," said Stella Lintzer, who lived across the hall from Pascoe.
Two Baltimore County police officers arrived a few minutes later and discovered Pascoe standing near his door covered in blood.
He looked at the officers and said he "did what he had to do. ... The gun is in the apartment," according to court documents.
Pascoe was arrested on a battery charge in 1996 after his former housemate - who was paralyzed after suffering a broken neck - claimed Pascoe threatened him with a gun, grabbed his chest and shoved his wheelchair at their home in Parkville.
"I am afraid of this man due to my physical disabilities." Bryon Wess, the man who filed the complaint, wrote in the charging document.
A jury later acquitted Pascoe.
He was arrested again in 1997 on assault and harassment charges while he was living in Essex.
In that case, a neighbor claimed Pascoe threw rocks at his glass door and punched him.
"His actions are becoming more and more dangerous," the neighbor, Tariq Ziad, wrote in the police report. "My life is threatened by him."
The charges were dropped after Pascoe agreed to move to Aberdeen, according to court records.
William F. Bauer III, an attorney who represented Pascoe on the earlier charges, described him as "a mild-mannered gentleman, but apparently there were things that could set him off."
Bauer said the incidents in 1996 and 1997 were "legitimate squabbles with neighbors."
He termed the charges frivolous.
Lintzer and several other residents of the apartment building said Pascoe would often become enraged at his neighbors. Most of the confrontations involved card games or political discussions, they said.
"He would get into very violent arguments," Lintzer said. "He was very opinioned, especially about politics."
Other residents said Pascoe was a friendly man who never caused problems.
"I liked him," said Dorothy Franks. "Every time I saw him he was friendly."
Residents at Warren Place said Pascoe was known for keeping a tidy apartment, which he referred to as his "bachelor pad."
Bauer said Pascoe, who has lived alone for years, frequently moved around because he was on a fixed income and was constantly looking for cheaper rent.
Yesterday, an employee at Warren Place Apartments - which is operated by Gaithersburg-based Whetstone Management Co. - scrubbed blood from the walls on the second floor.
Company officials were not available for comment.
Residents of the 121-unit building attended counseling sessions yesterday and met with police.
"A lot of people were shaken," said Evelyn Lit, 78. "But I am realistic. It doesn't matter what neighborhood you live in, things can happen."
Bauer - who met briefly with Pascoe yesterday in the detention center - said he is stunned that his former client is implicated in the killing.
"He was very up. He was normal," Bauer said.
Sun staff writer Gerard Shields and researcher Sarah Gehring contributed to this article.