No Bond for Husband In Killing Near Church

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 24, 2009; Page B02

A man charged with killing his estranged wife outside a Montgomery County church was held without bond yesterday, 24 hours after he admitted to police that he fired the fatal shots, according to an affidavit made public yesterday.

Patricia Ann Simmons Kelly, 52, of Rockville had asked Kevin Kelly, 52, to leave their home last week, a police spokeswoman said. He had gone to New Jersey but returned to Montgomery at some point, police said.

Gunfire erupted outside the People's Community Baptist Church near Norwood Road and New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, as the second service was beginning.

Several off-duty police officers were directing traffic at the church that morning, including homicide detective James B. Drewry, according to the affidavit.

Drewry ran to the church entrance, where members directed him to Kevin Kelly, who was holding a handgun, according to the affidavit signed by Officer R.S. Kucsan.

Drewry was not in full uniform but wore a jacket with the word "police" clearly visible, police said. He drew his gun and arrested Kelly.

Kelly's wife was taken to Montgomery General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Kelly was taken to police headquarters, "where he confessed to the shooting of his wife," Kucsan wrote.

During the bond hearing, prosecutors asserted that Kelly "shot his estranged wife in the parking lot," prompting District Judge Stephen Johnson to order him held without bond.

A man who answered the phone at the church declined to discuss the incident. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, and the church is here to support them with whatever they need during this time," said the man, who did not give his name.

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