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Friday, October 7, 2016

Federal Indictment Charges Two for Domestic Violence Resulting in Maryland Murder

U.S. Army Officer Was Murdered Near Fort Meade on August 25, 2015

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Maliek Kearney, age 35, and Dolores Delgado, age 31, both of San Antonio, Texas, for interstate travel to commit domestic violence resulting in death, in connection with the death of Karlyn Ramirez.  The indictment was returned on October 4, 2016, and unsealed upon the arrest of the defendants in San Antonio on October 6, 2016.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Commanding General Mark S. Inch of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command; and Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare.

“The indictment alleges that Maliek Kearney and Dolores Delgado conspired to murder Karlyn Ramirez, a U.S. Army private first class based at Fort Meade, Maryland,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “I am grateful to the police and prosecutors who have been working tirelessly to pursue justice in this case.”

According to the indictment, on August 24, 2015, Kearney and Delgado traveled from South Carolina to Maryland with the intent to kill Karlyn Ramirez, the spouse of Maliek Kearney, and used a firearm to murder Ramirez.

Both defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison.  The defendants each had an initial appearance on October 6, 2016 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. Both were ordered to be detained pending detention hearings.  Kearney’s detention hearing is scheduled for October 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. and Delgado’s detention hearing is scheduled for October 18, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., both in U.S. District Court in San Antonio.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings. 

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI Baltimore, Army CID, and Anne Arundel County Police Department for their work in the investigation, and thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas and FBI San Antonio for their assistance.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys James G. Warwick, Kenneth S. Clark and John F. Purcell, Jr., who are prosecuting the case.

Violent Crime
Updated October 11, 2016