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Baltimore County man faces murder charges after national manhunt

A 38-year-old Baltimore County man who was the subject of a national manhunt last week after allegedly murdering the mother of his children, has been extradited from Florence, South Carolina, and remains behind bars at the Baltimore County Detention Center. The search was the result of an Amber Alert that was issued for the man's 11-year-old daughter. The Amber Alert and subsequent arrest warrant for the man was issued after the mother of the girl was found dead in her bedroom after police responded to a residence in the Dundalk area.

According to court documents, the woman was last seen alive the day before the alleged murder and kidnapping. Police state that the girl's twin sister had asked the man if she could see her mother before the girl went to bed. He had reportedly laughed at her, so she did not attempt to see her. The next morning, the girl pried open the door to her mother's bedroom and discovered her mother's body, prompting her to call police. The Amber Alert was then issued after the girl was reported as missing at the scene.

The 11 News I-Team of Baltimore has reported that a possible motive for the man allegedly killing the mother of the two girls was that there was a court hearing scheduled for the next day, and he possibly feared that he would lose custody of his daughters. The man has been formally charged with murder and is expected to be in court on Monday for a bail hearing.

Violent crimes such as those that involve murder charges can have severe penalties if a defendant is convicted. An experienced criminal defense attorney will work diligently to protect the rights of his or her clients, as well as building a strong defense against the charges.

Source: WBAL TV 11, "Timothy Virts returned to Maryland, charged with murder" No author given, Mar. 14, 2014

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