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Anne Arundel County police continue to investigate the circumstances that led to the fatal stabbing of a homeless man in Jessup last weekend, the county's second homicide this year.

Marcus A. Christian, 46, of Jessup was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Saturday in the stabbing, which occurred at his mobile home. He was taken into custody after police arrived at the scene.

The victim, Michael P. Conway, 38, of no fixed address, sustained multiple stab wounds to the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene. Court records show that he had been banned from a unit at the mobile home park where Christian lived.

The two men had had an argument, police said. Police said they recovered a 6-inch knife - the suspect said it was a hunting knife - from Christian's home.

Neighbors at the Holiday Estates Mobile homes said they were surprised by the killing at their leafy, well-kept park.

"It's always felt like a really safe neighborhood," said Kathleen Buchanan, who lives two units down from Christian. "We've never had any issues like this. We leave our doors unlocked and our cars unlocked," she said.

Buchanan doesn't know Christian well, but said her neighbors tend to be friendly, helping each other to clear snow in the winter.

"You'll see moms pushing strollers and kids playing in the streets. When I saw the police tape [on Christian's mobile home] I thought it was a joke at first."

A District Court commissioner set bail for Christian at $1 million, but an Anne Arundel judge ordered Christian held without bail.

In an interview at the Anne Arundel detention center after the bail hearing, Christian said he acted in self-defense.

Christian said he knew Conway - the two had been roommates briefly in the Jessup mobile home - but that the victim had moved.

Conway unexpectedly returned Saturday, Christian said, looking for a place to spend the night.

"I told him to leave," Christian said. "He had a baseball bat. He was violent, aggressive and he made threats against my life.

"I did what I did, and now I'll have to face the charge. I am very remorseful, but I'm not regretful," he said.

He expects that a public defender will represent him.

Court records show that Christian had been arrested for assault, battery, harassment, drug possession and other charges in the 1980s and early 1990s. Conway was arrested for theft last year, and pleaded guilty last year to drug possession, court records said.

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