(Perryville, MD) – Maryland State Police homicide investigators have charged a man with the murder of a Cecil County woman that occurred late last night at a motel in Perryville.
The accused is identified as Krsna (sic) D. Johnson, 25, of no fixed address. After consultation with the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office, Johnson is being charged at this time with first and second degree murder and the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. Additional charges are possible. He will be taken to the Cecil County Detention Center to await his initial appearance before a court commissioner.
The victim is identified as Kimberly N. Cain, 22, of the 5200-block of Pulaski Highway, Perryville, Md. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shortly after 11:00 p.m. yesterday, a Perryville Police Department officer was dispatched to the Relax Inn, in the 5200-block of Pulaski Highway, for a report of suspicious persons at room 35 of the motel. While the officer was on his way, the call was changed to an assault in progress.
When he arrived at the motel, the officer saw a person, later identified as Cain, lying on the ground in front of room 35. A male and female standing near the victim both went into the motel room and shut the door. The officer called for assistance and units from the Maryland State Police, Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police responded. A standoff occurred and police called for the Maryland State Police Special Tactical Assault Team Element (STATE Team).
About 45 minutes later, just as the STATE Team arrived, the female, identified as Kathi B. Stewart, came out of the room. Police saw the male, later identified as the accused, inside the room and took him into custody without further incident. Stewart was later released without charges.
Perryville Police Chief Daly requested that the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit conduct the investigation. The preliminary investigation revealed Cain and her boyfriend lease room 35 at the Relax Inn. Kathi Stewart apparently resides there with them.
During the day yesterday, Stewart had been visited by her boyfriend, Johnson, and they spent much of the time arguing. Sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. yesterday, Stewart asked Johnson to leave. Johnson allegedly returned a short time later with a handgun.
The victim, Cain, and her boyfriend returned to the room moments later. Cain is said to have been concerned and upset that Johnson had a gun. Her boyfriend and another man left to call 9-1-1.
The victim walked outside the room, to apparently call 9-1-1 also. Stewart told police she heard one gunshot and saw Cain lying on the ground with Johnson standing over her.
During the early morning hours today, investigators obtained a search warrant for the motel room crime scene. Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun with an obliterated serial number inside the doorway to the room. The gun has been forwarded to the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Laboratory for ballistics examinations. Other scene processing was conducted by crime scene technicians from the State Police Forensic Sciences Division.
Criminal investigators from the State Police, the Perryville Police Department, and the Cecil County Bureau of Investigation assisted with this investigation. The investigation is continuing.