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Arrest in Murder of Reisterstown Property Manager Melinda Schaefer

Baltimore Sun, August 21, 2013:

Rashaan M. Williams, 27, of the Milford Mill area, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Melinda Schaefer, 29. Schaefer was stabbed in the head and upper body and she was found face down in a pool of blood by a janitor in the morning of June 14, police have said. Signs of a struggle in the Townes at Harvestview leasing office were apparent, police said, with Schaefer’s chair overturned and a desk pushed across the room.

A Rashaan M. Williams fitting the age of the murder defendant in this case has an open charge of driving while suspended in Baltimore County now with an October trial date. A person of the same name also has a marijuana stet from Howard County from 5 years ago, and a hit-and-run and driving while impaired PBJ from 2011 in Baltimore County.  I suspect strongly that they are the same person, but cannot confirm that fact.

The apartment complex is perhaps a 15 minute walk from this law office, less than a mile, just on the other side of Franklin Middle School down Main Street in Reisterstown.


  1. Deb

    If this same man did all these crimes. Why would Bozutto Properties hire him and give him keys to all those leased apartments and put my sister inlaw Melinda in harms way?

  2. Bruce Godfrey

    Firstly, my condolences to you and your family upon the news of this horrible crime and outrage.

    I will not speculate specifically about Bozutto Properties’s hiring practices. I will note that none of the charges referenced in the post (other than the charge of murder) constitute common-law felonies or crimes of violence.

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