Man pleads guilty to 2007 killing

The Baltimore Sun

A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to second-degree murder and to handgun and conspiracy charges in the stabbing death of a Glen Burnie man whose body was stuffed in the trunk of his car and later set afire.

Under the terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Robert Edward Speake, 19, will testify against co-defendants Tracey Asbury, 37, the victim's estranged wife, and Michael P. "Bubba" Martin, 28, who authorities said was dating Asbury.

In June last year, the victim, Phillip Calvin Airey Jr., 36, of the 6600 block of Rapid Water Way, was found along a Route 295 ramp in Linthicum inside the trunk of his Geo Prizm, wrapped in a sleeping bag with a plastic bag over his head.

Once Speake testifies, he will receive a sentence of 58 years, 15 years of which will be suspended, according to a spokesman for the state's attorney's office.

An article in the Maryland section April 8 misstated the criminal charges to which Robert Edward Speake, 19, pleaded guilty April 7 in Baltimore Circuit Court. According to the city state's attorney's office, Speake pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault in the fatal stabbing of a Glen Burnie man last year.The Sun regrets the errors.
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