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Keyword: murder

Baltimore County Police have cleared two homicide cases that had gone cold off of DNA matches.

Karen Delores Brown

On October 5, 1994 at 2:25 p.m., a maintenance worker discovered the body of an adult female victim under plastic bags in the area of the Liberty Dam. The victim was later identified as 32-year-old Karen Delores Brown

An autopsy concluded that the cause of death was blunt force trauma and strangulation and the manner of death was homicide.

Detectives conducted a thorough investigation into the incident, but were not able to develop any information that led to the positive identification of a suspect.

In October of 2013, the case detective learned that DNA evidence from the scene of the murder matched a profile in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). That profile identified the suspect, who at the time was incarcerated. Detectives interviewed the suspect, who denied involvement in the homicide.

Before the suspect could be officially charged, he was found deceased in his cell of natural causes.

Annelise Hyang Suk Lee

On December 13, 1999 at 9:31 a.m., the body of 27-year-old Annelise Hyang Suk Lee was found in her apartment located in the unit-block of Hartley Circle 21117. Her employer called advising that she had not been at work and could not be reached by phone. Police found her body in her bedroom.

An autopsy conducted the next day concluded that the cause of death was blunt force trauma and strangulation and the manner of death was homicide.

Detectives conducted a thorough investigation into the incident, but were not able to develop any information that led to the positive identification of a suspect.

In March of 2013, several items of evidence were re-examined and a DNA profile was developed from one of the items. That profile was later found to match a profile on file with the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

The CODIS match indicated the identity of the suspect who had a criminal record.

The suspect was incarcerated after the murder on other charges. When he was released, he fled the state. He committed suicide after being arrested on charges unrelated to this incident.

Cases reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office

Both cases were reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. That review concluded that the persons identified by DNA evidence were the persons responsible for the homicides.

Photo of Glen Treslar, charged in the murder of his wife in their Monkton home.An 81-year-old man has been charged with first degree murder in the killing of his wife in their Monkton home yesterday.

Glen Henry Treslar, of the 16500 block of Garfield Avenue, is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police responded at 3:07 p.m. yesterday to a "check on subject" call at the Garfield Avenue home. A friend of the Treslars called 911, concerned that something might be wrong.

At the scene, Treslar told officers that he had just shot his wife, Yvonne Treslar, 78. Police found Yvonne Treslar lying on the floor of a bedroom, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene by BCoFD medical personnel.

Treslar told police that he and his wife had had an argument earlier in the day, but did not elaborate on the nature of the argument. He did not explain why he also shot and killed the family dog, which police found in the kitchen.

Fourteen years after the murder of 24-year-old Heidi Bernadzikowski in her Dundalk townhome, Baltimore County Police homicide detectives have arrested and charged her boyfriend with hiring someone to kill her.

This week, Stephen Michael Cooke Jr., 43, of the 1000 block of Englishman Harbour, Pasadena, 21122, was charged with first-degree murder. He was arrested in Anne Arundel County and is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police have believed almost from the beginning of this case that Cooke -- who was the victim's boyfriend and lived with her in the 2000 block of Codd Avenue -- conspired to kill Ms. Bernadzikowski, but detectives have been unable to prove his involvement. A breakthrough came recently, when one of the co-conspirators -- Alexander Charles Bennett, 34, of Greeley, Colorado -- identified Cooke as the person behind the murder. Bennett is in the Baltimore County Detention Center, awaiting trial.

Bennett was charged with first-degree murder in January 2012 after police discovered DNA evidence linking him to the crime. The investigation shows that Cooke hired Bennett and another conspirator, Grant A. Lewis, also of Colorado, to kill Bernadzikowski. Cooke wanted to collect a $700,000 insurance policy he had purchased on the victim months earlier, police believe.

Lewis, 35, of the 2500 block of Locust Street, Denver, Co., was arrested in Baltimore this week and is charged with conspiracy to commit murder. He is held without bail at BCDC.

The investigation shows that Cooke contacted Bennett and Lewis via the Internet and entered into a murder-for-hire agreement with them. Lewis was the middle man and remained in Colorado, coordinating Bennett's actions; Bennett traveled to Maryland and committed the murder, strangling Bernadzikowski and cutting her throat.

Homicide detectives do not believe there are any additional suspects in this case.

"We have been seeking justice in this case for a long time," said Police Chief Jim Johnson. "Our Homicide detectives deserve credit for never giving up on these cold cases. They never forget these victims and their families, and they tirelessly pursue leads over many years. This time, their work has paid off."

Photos of Suspects

Stephen Michael Cooke Jr.

Photo of Stephen Michael Cooke Jr., charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Grant A. Lewis

Photo of Grant A. Lewis, charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Alexander Charles Bennett

Photo of Alexander Charles Bennett, charged in a cold case homicide from 2000.

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