Tuesday, October 23, 2007


One of our longtime local murder mysteries now has closure -- and police have arrested a pair of men in a series of recent robberies.

Paul Stephen Riggins Jr., now serving a life sentence for killing his wife more than a decade ago, has apparently revealed where he hid Nancy Lee's body. WaPo said he directed authorities to a site in Hanover, where remains were recovered. Police are awaiting DNA tests to determine conclusively.

Nancy vanished in 1996 and Riggins has steadfastly maintained that he had nothing to do with her disappearance. According to testimony at his 2001 trial, Nancy Lee had discovered he was having an affair with the family's teenage babysitter, and threatened to tell the girl's mother. Riggins told the girl he would "take care of it," according to this Sun account.

The newspaper speculates that Riggins may finally have come clean in hopes of gaining favor from the parole board. He is eligible to be released as early as 2016.

Meanwhile, the Sun reported that police have charged a man and a teenager in a shooting and three armed robberies that occurred this month around town.

"Shawn Timothy Crockett, 14, and Terrence Edward Boone, 24, both of Baltimore, have been charged in the Oct. 16 shooting of an Exxon station clerk during a robbery attempt in the 10100 block of Little Patuxent Parkway, across the street from Columbia Town Center, said Howard County police said in a statement.

"The two have also been charged with the Oct. 5 robbery of a 2-Go convenience store in the 9000 block of Washington Blvd. in Savage and the Oct. 11 robbery of the Harwood Convenience Store in the 6600 block of Washington Blvd. in Elkridge."

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