Driver charged with murdering wife with car considers plea deal

La Plata, MD - Brian Patrick Weyhenmeyer, 32 of Waldorf, will face a jury trial Oct. 26 in Charles County Circuit Court for allegedly running over and killing his wife, Jennifer Lynn Weyhenmeyer, behind a Waldorf shopping center on Route 301 last October. That trial, however, would be cancelled if he were to accept a tendered plea agreement.

Charles County Assistant Public Defender Edie Cimini told Circuit Court Judge Helen I. Harrington Monday, Aug. 17 that the state has made an offer in the case.

“We are negotiating and have been in communication,” regarding avoiding a full jury trial, Cimini told Harrington.

At his arraignment Nov. 20, Charles County State’s Attorney Tony Covington told the court Weyhenmeyer “ran over his wife with their vehicle at least two times.”

Covington described how the Charles County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call Oct. 12 from Jennifer Weyhenmeyer, telling police her husband was angry at her and wouldn’t let her out of the car. The caller indicated they were on Route 301 going past the New Life Church located between La Plata and White Plains.

“We know that call ended abruptly,” Covington said, adding that the phone was later recovered by police from the median strip on Route 301.

Twenty minutes later police received another call, Covington said, that there was a subject behind a very narrow alley at a shopping center in Waldorf.

Responding officers found Jennifer Weyhenmeyer’s body on the scene with severe trauma “all over her body,” Covington stressed.

Harrington asked the state if the defendant had any family in the area.

“Not really, your honor,” Covington stated. “He and his wife moved up here in July [2014]. She had family here. Mr. Weyhenmeyer has no other ties to the area.”

Tonya McClary, who is no longer with the public defender’s office, told the court at that time that Wehenmeyer would be entering a plea of not guilty to the three charges against him, including first-degree murder, first-degree assault and false imprisonment.

Cimini told the court on Monday that she would continue discussions with the state’s attorney’s office and that if they can come to agreement, she may be seeking another court date prior to the Sept. 18 motions hearing.

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