By MARLO BARNHART
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld the conviction and 30-year prison sentence of Timothy Lorne Massie for the strangulation death of his estranged wife on Valentine's Day 1995.
Massie, 33, of Hagerstown, was given the maximum sentence for second-degree murder Oct. 25 in Washington County Circuit Court.
At the trial, the prosecution chipped away at other possible scenarios for the slaying of Debra K. Massie. Rings were left on the victim's fingers and gold jewelry was untouched in her bedroom, ruling out robbery.
And the revenge motive, hinted at by a note found at the scene and introduced into evidence by defense attorney Gordon Lynn, also didn't hold up.