Double murderer hit with life
Former Mechanicsville man killed two women in Anne Arundel County four years apart
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.