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Author’s Comment on “Police: Five Found Dead in Maryland Home” – US news – Crime & Courts – msnbc.com

June 18, 2011

Author’s Comment:

I used to live in this town with my ex-husband and four children. My ex, a domestic violence felon in possession of nine counts of illegal guns and ammunition was “set free” by Sheriff Chuck Jenkins without so much of a warrant or indictment. Upon confiscating the weapons on April 22, 2011 after eight months of my initial complaint, I was informed that no warrant was obtained; that the guns were retrieved by the sheriff’s “ATF liason”; that NO report would be filed; that no charges were pressed; and that Sheriff does not intend to pursue the matter any further. He closed the case without so much of a case file.

Stay tuned as this develops in the media as the FBI and ATF investigate this case because now the guns are missing and the sheriff refuses to be accountable for his crime of obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact. My son committed suicide with one of the weapons at his father’s house as a consequence. Note that statutory gun laws mandate a non-suspendable 5-year sentence with no parole and no downward adjustment. Yet, the sheriff not only ignores federal and state gun laws, but he and his detectives as well as a Maryland State Trooper are accessories after the fact of this felony crime.

Read my letters to public officials and stay tuned for the outcome. If I am not killed with one of the missing guns, I’ll keep you updated as this sheriff continues to ignore gun laws while he obsesses about illegal immigrants in his trek for fame and a higher office.

Oh– I’m supposed to say, “Nobody is guilty until proven innocent.” Right.

Charley

updated 4/19/2009 12:13:19 PM ET
Associated Press
MIDDLETOWN, Md. — A Maryland man who killed his wife and three children before fatally shooting himself left behind five notes, including an apology to family members and hints that he suffered from psychiatric problems, authorities said.

The local sheriff said there were also signs that the family had financial problems.

For residents of the small town of Middletown and members of Holy Family Catholic Community Church, where the slain mother taught catechism, reports of the brutal killings were upsetting and baffling.

“We’re all in shock and trying to come to terms,” said Kevin Farmer, the pastor of Holy Family.

Christopher Alan Wood killed his wife and children, then himself, in their northwest Maryland home, leaving a gruesome scene that authorities said was found Saturday by the children’s grandfather.

The 33-year-old mother and three children suffered “traumatic cuts” and each also had at least one gunshot wound from a .25-caliber handgun, Frederick County Sheriff Charles Jenkins said. Their precise cause of death wasn’t immediately known, and Jenkins declined to say what was used to slash them.

Jenkins said Wood, an accountant at railroad operator CSX Corp., apologized to family members in one of the notes he left at the scene. The sheriff wouldn’t elaborate on what else was written in the notes.

CSX did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Saturday.The sheriff also said there was evidence that Wood faced financial problems and may have been in debt.

The family had moved months ago to the home in Middletown, a community of fewer than 3,000 people west of Frederick, friends said.

Jane Durant, the director of Middletown United Methodist Church Preschool, said she last saw the slain mother, Francis Billotti Wood, on Thursday morning, when she picked up her 4-year-old son at the school.

The dead woman’s father found the slain family around 9 a.m. local time Saturday. He had grown concerned after not hearing from them for several days, Frederick County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Jennifer Bailey said.The boy didn’t come to school the next day. Durant, the school’s director, thought it was unusual. Now, she wonders if something horrible happened Thursday night.

When investigators arrived at the two-story home, the couple’s two sons, ages 5 and 4, lay dead in their beds, while the bodies of a 2-year-old daughter and the mother were in the master bedroom, Bailey said. On the master bedroom floor by the foot of the bed was the 34-year-old father, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, she said.

‘You never know …’

Francis Wood — known by some as “Francie” — returned to her native Middletown from Texas last year to be closer to her family, said Durant, the preschool director. She described Francis Wood as a vibrant, bubbly and loving person.

“I just talked to her every day and she’s just one of those people you fell in love with right away,” Durant said.

Neighbor Peggy Lawrence described Francis Wood as a good homemaker.

“It wouldn’t lead you to believe anything was wrong,” Lawrence said. “I’m still sick to my stomach. Just to see it end so quickly is so devastating and makes you realize you never know what’s going on in people’s lives.”

Police: Five found dead in Maryland home – US news – Crime & courts – msnbc.com.

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2 Comments
  1. Reblogged this on National Domestic Violence Survivor Law Project and commented:
    Thank you for sharing the story about the domestic violence killing in Maryland, as well as your own comment. I am currently working with a project called National Domestic Violence Survivor Law Project (http://dvsurvivorlaw.com) and I am curious as to what has been happening since June 18, 2011. I’d love to hear more!

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