Man pleads guilty to killing wife

Pros­e­cu­tors say he ran her over with a car

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­

After spend­ing two years in jail, a Wal­dorf man pleaded guilty to first-de­gree mur­der on Thurs­day, ad­mit­ting to hav­ing killed his wife by run­ning over her with a car in Oc­to­ber 2014.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Brian Pa­trick Wey­hen­meyer, 34, ran over his wife, Jen­nifer Lynn Wey­hen­meyer, 36, at least twice be­fore her man­gled body was found by po­lice in a park­ing lot be­hind a Pizza Hut lo­cated in the Shop­pers World plaza in Wal­dorf.

After plead­ing guilty to first-de­gree mur­der, Wey­hen­meyer is now sub­ject to no less than 30 years and up to 45 years im­pris­on­ment, based on the terms of his plea agree­ment. Deputy pub­lic

de­fender Edie Cimino told the Mary­land Inde- pen­dent in a pre­vi­ous state­ment that he has no prior crim­i­nal charges on his record.

Around 7:24 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2014, emer­gen- cy dis­patch­ers re­ceived a call from Jen­nifer Wey- hen­meyer, who said her hus­band was driv­ing er- rat­i­cally, blar­ing mu­sic and re­fus­ing to let her out of the ve­hi­cle, pre­vi­ous re- ports state. She in­di­cated they had been in an argu- ment and that he was mad at her as they trav­eled north­bound on U.S. 301 to­ward Wal­dorf. While on the phone with the dis- patcher, the call was sud- denly dis­con­nected.

At ap­prox­i­mately 7:47 p.m., deputies of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice were dis­patched to the shop­ping cen­ter lo­cated in the 3200 block of Crain High­way after a mo­torist re­ported an in- ju­red per­son ly­ing in the park­ing lot, po­lice re­port- ed. Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers lo­cated the vic­tim and her purse, and were able to iden­tify her as Jen­nifer Wey­hen­meyer. She had suf­fered mul­ti­ple trau­matic in­juries to her head, torso, arms and legs, and it ap­peared she had been run over mul­ti­ple times, po­lice re­ported.

De­tec­tives went to the cou­ple’s home in the 12000 block of Pierce Road in Wal­dorf and found the Ford Edge parked in the drive­way with blood stains on the rear bumper, pre­vi­ous re­ports state. Pa­trol offi- cers, de­tec­tives and the sher­iff’s of­fice emer­gency ser­vices team se­cured the area and es­corted the vic- tim’s 18-year-old son and a 20-year-old woman out of the home, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments. Wit­nesses told po­lice that the cou­ple had been in a heated do­mes­tic dis­pute after Brian had re­port­edly stolen his wife’s pre­scrip­tion drugs, and the cou­ple left the house later that evening.

Around 10 p.m., Brian Wey­hen­meyer had re­turned home alone. With the house sur­rounded by po­lice, he re­fused to exit the home and even­tu­ally of­fi­cers en­tered the res- idence to find the man in blood­stained clothes with lac­er­a­tions on both wrists, ac­cord­ing to previ- ous re­ports. Of­fi­cers also saw lig­a­ture marks on his neck. Brian told po­lice that he had taken a large amount of Tylenol pills, and he was trans­ported to a nearby hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

After a search war­rant was ex­e­cuted, it was de­ter­mined by in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Brian had run over Jen­nifer and then backed over her body a sec­ond time, po­lice re­ported. De­tec­tives dis­cov­ered a large amount of blood on the white Ford Edge, in­clud­ing on the front and rear bumpers, the wheels and wheel wells and un­der­neath the car.

Dr. Zabi­ul­lah Ali of the Of­fice of Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner in Bal­ti­more told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Jen­nifer had tire tread marks on her body run­ning in two di­rec­tions, which caused trau­matic in­juries lead­ing to her death, charg­ing doc­u­ments state. Around 7:40 p.m. on Oct. 15, Brian was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal and im­me­di­ately taken to the Charles County jail, charged with the mur­der of his wife.

Wey­hen­meyer is sched­uled to ap­pear for sen­tenc­ing on March 22.

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