Howard County police have charged an Ellicott City man with killing his wife April 26 inside their residence. Ronald Scott McCandless, 61, is charged in a warrant with first- and second-degree murder and assault.  

Police were called to a residence in the 3700 block of Spring Falls Court for a check on welfare and discovered Veronica Theresa McGinley, 60, deceased as a result of multiple undetermined injuries. The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Through investigation, detectives identified McCandless as the suspect. 

Police located McCandless sitting in his vehicle in the 4000 block of Meadowbrook Lane in Ellicott City and took him into custody. Detectives are still investigating the motive.  


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