A trial date has been set for a 76-year-old Maryland woman accused of murdering her husband with a stick in March.
The Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in June in a press release on social media that Gail D’Anthony, 76, has been arrested and charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death of her husband, 72-year-old John D’Anthony. .
A jury trial in the case is scheduled to begin on January 8, 2024, according to local Baltimore news station WBAL-TV.
On March 1, Westminster Police and EMS personnel responded to a report of cardiac arrest at a home on Royer Road in Westminster, Maryland, and attempted to save John’s life, which were ultimately unsuccessful, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to the medical examiner’s office for “further investigation.”
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A pathologist later determined that John had “suffered extensive injuries” before his death, including “lacerations to his mouth, a broken neck, a broken right rib, two black eyes” and bruising to his hands and forearms. Due to his injuries, his death was ruled a homicide.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit continued its investigation and found evidence collected at the home that was analyzed had “suspected blood spatter” that was “consistent with blunt force trauma” to John’s body.
Detectives say they also learned that Gail allegedly told a witness that she “pushed” John to the ground, “where he hit his head on the floor,” and then returned to the room with a stick, which she used to “beat him.” on his head and prevent him from getting up. Police say she then told the witness that she went in and out of the room several times before finding him unresponsive, at which point she called 911.
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Carroll County Sheriff’s Office detectives say they determined the witness’ information was “consistent” with the information they found at the scene, and a warrant was obtained for Gail’s arrest. She was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.
“All of us in the Carroll Police Department are committed to protecting the vulnerable victims of domestic violence, no matter how young or old they are,” Carroll County State’s Attorney Haven Shoemaker said in her June statement.
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However, the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s office also noted, “Individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”
A contact for Gail D’Anthony’s representatives is not listed.
A second hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 17, WBAL-TV reports.