Incline woman accused of stabbing husband 200 times
January 29, 2010
SPARKS, Nev. – An elderly Incline Village woman accused of stabbing her husband 200 times during an October incident at the couple’s Lake Tahoe home made her first court appearance in Sparks Justice Court Thursday.
Mary Arlayne Baymiller, 73, is charged with one open count of murder with a deadly weapon in the death of her husband Charles Alan Baymiller, 73.
On Oct. 5 deputies found the couple at their Lakeshore Boulevard home – Charles Baymiller was dead on a bed and Mary Baymiller, 72 at the time, lay on her stomach with multiple stabbing wounds that appeared to be self-inflicted. Mary Baymiller was in intensive care at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for nearly a month after the incident.
Multiple kitchen-type knives were used in the incident and Charles Baymiller’s wounds did not appear self-inflicted, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Greg Herrera said in a November interview.
According to the warrant charging Mary Baymiller with murder, she was possibly motivated by her mental anguish over her husband’s onset of dementia and worries about money.
The couple’s son told deputies that his mother was having panic attacks and nervous breakdowns because of her husband’s condition.
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Mary Baymiller was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at her second residence in Fresno, Calif. Deputies transported her to Sparks on Wednesday.
A preliminary hearing for Baymiller is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 10 at the James V. Mancuso Justice Court in Incline Village.
According to Nevada law while justice courts do not possess the legal capacity of hosting felony or misdemeanor proceedings, they are legally allowed to hold preliminary examinations in such cases.
No plea will be entered during the Wednesday preliminary hearing, Baymiller’s lawyer Tom Viloria said, as it is on the justice court level and a criminal complaint has yet to be filed.
“The burden is on the state to show there is ample evidence to take the case to trial and the defendant is the person responsible for the crime,” said Deputy District Attorney Elliott Sattler after Thursday’s proceedings.
If the court feels the state shows a proper burden of proof, it would recommend the case be turned over to district court in Reno, Viloria said, where Baymiller would then be arraigned and asked to enter a plea.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.