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Jealousy sparked murder, cops say

November 30, 2000

Jealousy sparked murder, cops say



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


Investigators said Wednesday they believe a West Virginia man fatally shot his girlfriend in a fit of jealous rage and then turned the gun on himself Monday.

Twyna Lee Katherine Stubbs and Craig Allen Hess, 23, of 300 Garden Drive, Martinsburg, W.Va., were found dead in a rear bedroom upstairs at her 1000-E Noland Village apartment around 11:40 a.m. Monday.

Hagerstown City Police Chief Arthur Smith said evidence at the crime scene indicated Hess shot Stubbs twice. One bullet hit Stubbs in the torso, but it was unclear where the second bullet hit, he said.

"Either bullet would have been fatal," he said.

Hess shot himself in the head and the handgun was found in his right hand, Smith said.

He said interviews with family, friends and acquaintances of Stubbs and Hess indicated that the incident was brought on by jealousy.

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"He was possessive. It was a control issue," said Smith.

That Stubbs was a dancer at a West Virginia men's club may have contributed to Hess' rage but so could have a lot of things, Smith said.

"It could have just been the holidays. Some people are disposed" to depression around the holidays, he said.

Police could find no evidence that ex-parte or protection orders had been issued and investigators were still trying to determine if any social service agency may have intervened, he said.

Smith said it was likely that Stubbs heard Hess kick in her front door Monday around 7 or 8 a.m. and that the two argued for a while before the shooting.

Hess was still wearing his coat, and Stubbs was wearing "night clothes," according to Smith, who said police believe Hess came to Hagerstown that morning from West Virginia.

Tracing the semi-automatic Glock handgun used in the crime is expected to take a few days but police have learned that no weapons were legally registered to Stubbs, he said.

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