College Park lecturer charged with murder
Posted: 11:58 AM
HOLLYWOOD, Md. – A lecturer from the University of Maryland College park is facing second-degree murder charges after police say she shot her husband in their St. Mary's County home.
Dispatchers began receiving 911 calls from the couple home on Little Cliff Lane in Hollywood at around 10:50 p.m. The first call came from the suspect, 40-year-old Joanna Findlay. She told the dispatchers she was being assaulted by her husband. A few minutes later her husband called back and told dispatchers he was being assaulted. His call when then cut off abruptly.
When police arrived on scene they found Findlay on the front lawn. She told the officers she had taken several Zoloft pills and wanted to die.
Police went into the home and found Findlay's husband, 55-year-old Gary Trogdon, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police took Findlay to a local hospital. She was charged the next day with second-degree murder. She is currently being held in the St. Mary's County Detention Center on a no bond status.
Accoring to The Diamondback, College Park's student newspaper, Findlay is a writing lecturer at the school.
This is the only homicide this year for St. Mary's County. There were no homicides recorded in 2009.
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