Man, 83, charged in assault

The Baltimore Sun

Police charged an 83-year-old Howard County man with attempted murder yesterday, alleging that he struck his 81-year-old wife in the head with a hammer.

Calvin Ralph Payne of the 6200 block of Satinwood Drive in Columbia was arrested in the couple's home late Monday after officers found him there with blood on his clothes, face and hands, according to charging documents. His wife, Alma Payne, had called 911 just before 8 p.m. and said that she had been assaulted and that someone had a hammer, according to police.

Officers who arrived at the home found the woman in a pool of blood on the floor of the master bedroom with a severe head injury and initially thought she was dead, according to the documents. They found her husband sitting on the toilet in a bathroom holding a large knife.

Alma Payne was flown by helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was in serious but stable condition yesterday.

Police said they do not know of a motive for the assault. Payne also was charged with attempted second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault.

During a search of the house, police said they found a hammer on the dresser in the bedroom covered in blood and with hair stuck to it, according to the charging documents.

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