Dou­ble mur­derer hit with life

For­mer Me­chan­icsville man killed two women in Anne Arun­del County four years apart

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­

A one-time St. Mary’s res­i­dent was dealt a life sen­tence Wed­nes­day with the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role for two sep­a­rate mur­ders he com­mit­ted in Anne Arun­del County in 2012 and 2016.

In Au­gust, Christo­pher Allen Scheibe, 29, who lived in Me­chan­icsville at that time, pleaded guilty to first-de­gree mur­der for the 2016 killing of Holly Carol Smith, 24, of Es­sex, whose body was found in a wooded area be­hind In­dus­trial Drive in An­napo­lis on May 31, 2016.

Scheibe, whom the Anne Arun­del County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice now lists as a Calvert County res­i­dent, also en­tered an Al­ford plea to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der for the 2012 killing of 18-year-old Jes­sica Lee of Brook­lyn Park, whose body was found in the wooded area be­hind BJ’s Whole­sale Club in Pasadena on Aug. 26, 2012, ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous re­ports from Anne Arun­del au­thor­i­ties. An Al­ford plea ac­knowl­edges the state has enough ev- idence for a con­vic­tion but does not ad­mit guilt.

“De­ceit­ful and ma­nip­u­la­tive to his core, Christo­pher Scheibe can­not be trusted to func­tion within civ­i­lized so­ci­ety,” said Anne Arun­del County State’s At­tor­ney Wes Adams in a press re­lease. “Our com­mu­nity is safer now that he will spend the re­main­der of his life pay­ing the price for these un­fath­omably

bru­tal mur­ders. While I know the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies con­tinue to be haunted by the loss of their loved ones, I hope this sen­tence of­fers them some sem­blance of com­fort and clo­sure.”

On May 31, 2016, po­lice re­sponded to the area of 2006 In­dus­trial Drive in An­napo­lis for a re­port of a body found in the wooded area be­hind the busi­ness com­plex. The chief med­i­cal ex­am­iner de­ter­mined Smith suf­fered 27 stab­bing and cut­ting in­juries. Utiliz­ing foren­sic en­to­mol­o­gist, au­thor­i­ties de­ter­mined the body had been de­com­pos­ing for sev­eral days be­fore May 31, the re­ports de­tail.

Po­lice lo­cated a ve­hi­cle with blood in­side of it parked in the lot of the com­plex. That ve­hi­cle had been re­ported stolen from a Calvert body shop May 26 and the DNA from the blood in­side was later de­ter­mined to be Smith’s and Scheibe’s.

Video sur­veil­lance footages from sev­eral lo­ca­tions on May 27 also put Scheibe in the area where Smith’s body was found. The video footage showed Scheibe both in the ve­hi­cle and on foot as he walked from the com­plex, leav­ing the ve­hi­cle and the vic­tim be­hind, ac­cord­ing to the re­ports.

Scheibe was later ar­rested and ad­mit­ted to Smith’s mur­der and his in­volve­ment in the 2012 mur­der.

On Aug. 26, 2012, po­lice re­sponded to the area be­hind Ritchie High­way in Pasadena, where they lo­cated the mostly skele­tal re­mains of a fe­male vic­tim. Those re­mains were sent to the chief med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice and ex­am­ined by an as­sis­tant med­i­cal ex­am­iner and foren­sic an­thro­pol­o­gist.

It was de­ter­mined the vic­tim had suf­fered from mul­ti­ple stab­bing and cut­ting in­juries and died as a re­sult of those in­juries. DNA was col­lected and helped po­lice iden­tify the vic­tim as Lee, the Anne Arun­del State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice re­ported.

Po­lice con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and learned Lee was last seen in the com­pany of Schiebe on May 8, 2012, and had not been seen since then. Scheibe also had an an­gel tat­tooed on his side that in­cluded her name and the date 5-9-12.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing in An­napo­lis, Cir­cuit Judge Paul F. Har­ris Jr. dealt Scheibe a life sen­tence with the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role for Smith’s mur­der, and a con­cur­rent 30 years for Lee’s mur­der.

A Face­book page called “In lov­ing mem­ory of Jes­sica Lynn Lee” was started and has more than 1,500 likes as of Thurs­day. The page de­scribed Lee as “a young mom who was vul­ner­a­ble” and con­sis­tently posted up­dates on the case over the years. A cel­e­bra­tory post was made af­ter Scheibe’s sen­tenc­ing: “It’s fi­nally over … we never gave up,” part of the post reads.

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