REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Baltimore County Police have a suspect in custody in connection with the murder of an apartment leasing office manager.
The body of Melinda Schaefer was found on the morning of June 14; she had been stabbed to death.
Police have charged 27-year-old Rashaan Williams with first degree murder in the case.
Williams was a maintenance worker at the Townes at Harvest View apartment complex, while Schaefer ran the leasing office.
Police have confirmed that Williams met with Schaefer shortly before she was killed.
After that meeting, around 9:40 on the morning of June 14th, williams went to the Dollar General store not far from the apartment complex.
Surveillance video from the store shows him there, wearing tan cargo-style pants, long-sleeve black jacket and a dark baseball hat.
Then Williams returned to the leasing office. That's when police believe he killed Melinda Schaefer.
From there, he drove to the Home Depot on Liberty Road. Surveillance video from that store -- taken around 10:40 in the morning -- does show Williams entering and leaving --
But this time police say he was wearing tan khaki pants with no cargo pockets, a black short sleeve golf shirt and a black baseball cap. The pants appear to be different than the pair he had been wearing at the Dollar Store, and the jacket was gone.
“We believe that he discarded that clothing, which was soiled in this very violent attack on this victim. We have not been able to find that clothing, nor has he been able to produce it for us,” said Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department.
Police say Williams has not been able to explain the different clothes. Investigators took him into custody Tuesday night.
“This is a case that hinges on the timeline, video surveillance and also the clothing that the defendant was wearing,” Armacost said.
Police have not revealed their theory on a motive for the murder. Williams is being held without bail on that first degree murder charge.
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