Sucik doesn't want lawyer at resentencing

April 15, 1997


Staff Writer

After unsuccessfully defending himself in his 1995 trial for the murder of his wife, Timothy Ray Sucik has decided he again doesn't want an attorney when he is resentenced.

Washington County Circuit Judge Fred Wright on Monday advised Sucik that he had a right to a public defender to represent him at that sentencing, as yet unscheduled.

"This is meaningless to me,'' Sucik said after telling Wright he didn't want an attorney to represent him.

Maryland's highest court ruled in February that Sucik must be resentenced because a pre-sentence investigation was not conducted before he was sentenced.


Sucik had not asked for a pre-sentence investigation.

Sucik, 30, was sentenced to life without parole in Washington County Circuit Court in January 1995, almost a year after he stabbed Marian Sucik to death on the corner of East Antietam and South Mulberry streets in Hagerstown.

A medical examiner testified Marian Sucik was stabbed repeatedly with a six-inch kitchen knife; two of the wounds punctured her heart.

Sucik, her estranged husband, was later charged and convicted of the murder.

At the trial, information surfaced that Sucik had been in a Pennsylvania prison in the early 1990s, serving a sentence of 3 1/2 years to 10 years after pleading guilty to aggravated assault of a previous wife, according to court documents.

The former wife required hospital treatment, records said.

Not long after his release, Marian and Timothy Sucik were married on Aug. 15, 1992.

Testimony at the trial revealed abuse began in that marriage not long after the wedding.

On Jan. 24, 1994, Sucik went to the King Street doctor's office where Marian worked as a secretary, according to court records. Witnesses saw the two walk together to Sucik's car, which was parked a block away on Mulberry Street.

They argued and she walked away but he caught up to her, pushed her and began stabbing her, the witnesses said.

Sucik is serving his sentence at the Maryland Penitentiary.

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