Updated 1:00 8/1/08
STATE POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN HARFORD CO. MURDER
(Aberdeen, MD) Maryland State Police homicide investigators have arrested and charged a man with the murder of the woman whose body was found Wednesday inside a sleeping bag dumped along a Harford County road.
The accused is identified as Tyrone L. Wiggins, 48, of the 700-block of W. Bel Air Avenue, Aberdeen, Md. After consultation with the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office, troopers charged Wiggins with first degree murder and second degree murder. He has been processed at the Bel Air Barracks and taken to the Harford County Detention Center where he will await an initial appearance before a court commissioner.
Wiggins is charged with the murder of Jodie S. Davis, 41, of the 700-block of Clayton Street, Aberdeen, Md. The body of Davis was found on the afternoon of July 30, 2008, inside a sleeping bag that was laying along the roadside in the 400-block of Bush Chapel Road, north of Stepney Road, near Aberdeen. The autopsy conducted yesterday revealed Davis’ death was a homicide resulting from a gunshot wound.
Further investigation by State Police Homicide Unit investigators revealed Wiggins was the victim’s boyfriend. State Police interviewed Wiggins yesterday as they continued to follow up on leads in the case. Troopers developed information leading them to believe Davis had been at Wiggins’ apartment on the night of July 29th and the early morning hours of July 30th.
Information developed during the investigation indicates Wiggins shot Davis with a handgun while she was inside his apartment. Wiggins is believed to have placed the victim’s body in the sleeping bag and deposited it along the road, before moving the victim’s vehicle away from the scene, disposing of the gun and cleaning up the apartment. Troopers recovered bloody clothes from a dumpster near the apartment where Wiggins lives. A motive for the murder is unclear at this time.
Maryland State Police investigators are continuing their investigation. Forensic scientists at the State Police Forensic Sciences Laboratory are processing evidence related to the murder.
Maryland State Police have identified the woman found dead in a sleeping bag near the municipal limits of Aberdeen Wednesday as 41-year-old Aberdeen woman, Jodie S. Davis. A Baltimore medical examiner also ruled her death was a homicide by way of a gunshot wound.
No other details of the case have been released, but it’s important to point out Ms. Davis’ history with the Maryland judicial system – and why she heard from the court system the day before she was killed.
Ms. Davis, a resident of Clayton Street in Aberdeen, had been through the legal system several times this decade.
In 1994, Ms. Davis was charged with battery.
In 2000, there was a judgement filed against her by ERN, LLC for a $5,783.80.
In 2004, Ms. Davis was charged with second-degree assault and theft greater than $500 in a case with John L. Alford as the complainant. Later that year, Ms. Davis had a peace order filed against Alford
In 2007, she was an alleged victim of second-degree assault and was also charged herself with second-degree assault, telephone misuse for repeated calls and harassment.
In August 2007, she was pursued by the Harford County District Court for contempt.
Also, in August 2000, Comcast Cablevision of Maryland filed a judgement against her for $555.59. That case has been delayed and postponed for years, but, strangely enough, on July 29 – the day before she was allegedly murdered – Ms. Davis was apparently notified of a show cause hearing date scheduled in the case.
Here’s the press release from Maryland State Police:
BODY FOUND IN HARFORD CO. IDENTIFIED – MEDICAL EXAMINER RULES DEATH A HOMICIDE
(Aberdeen, MD) – Maryland State Police crime scene technicians have used fingerprints to identify a woman whose body was found inside a sleeping bag along a rural road in Harford County yesterday afternoon.
The woman is identified as Jodie S. Davis, 41. Her last known address was in the 700-block of Clayton Street, in Aberdeen, Md.
Crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police obtained fingerprints from the body this morning during the autopsy. The prints were used to positively identify the woman through Maryland’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System at the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division laboratory.
An autopsy on the body was conducted today at the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Baltimore. The medical examiner determined Davis died from a gunshot wound and determined her death to be a homicide.
The body of Davis was found lying inside a sleeping bag along Bush Chapel Road north of Stepney Road just after 1:30 p.m. yesterday. A passing motorist noticed a suspicious package and called State Police. The preliminary investigation indicates the body was not there the night before, but may have been there at least as early as 6:00 a.m. on July 30th.
Maryland State Police investigators are continuing to actively work this investigation. Anyone with any information about Ms. Davis, or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of the 400-block of Bush Chapel Road from the night of July 29th until the afternoon of July 30th is urged to call State Police at 410-879-2101. Calls may be kept confidential.