B.G. "Hoppy" Ledford didn't hesitate to help those in need — including one of the people now charged in the 78-year-old Essex man's death, according to Ledford's daughter.
"Everybody always came to my dad," said Stacey Koblinsky, the youngest of Ledford's six daughters.
Daniel A. Atkinson, 46, and his girlfriend, Lisa Annette Kuczinski, 50, are charged with first-degree murder in Ledford's December death.
Kuczinski had known Ledford and his family for more than 20 for years, Koblinsky said. Kuczinski had dated Koblinsky's cousin. And the Ledfords opened their home to her when she was struggling financially; she lived in their basement for several years, Koblinsky said.
Ledford owned a welding company and performed country and bluegrass music with local bands, his daughter said. He was found dead Dec. 30 in his motor home at an RV park on Sparton Lane. The home had been ransacked and jewelry and money stolen, according to charging documents filed this month in District Court in Towson.
Atkinson told police that Kuczinski insisted he drive them back to Ledford's home early the morning of Dec. 30 to try to get him to buy more of her pills, according to the documents. Witnesses in the RV park reported seeing Atkinson's pickup truck outside the home between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Atkinson said he waited outside while Kuczinski went to talk to Ledford. He said he heard an argument, went inside and saw Kuczinski struggling with Ledford, according to the documents.
A witness, who is not identified in the charging papers, told police that Atkinson told him that he had "hurt someone" and "took someone's life."
Atkinson's attorney could not be reached for comment.
Kuczinski's attorney, T. Wray McCurdy, said his client denies the murder charge.