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Md. murder suspect taught college writing

Joanna Joyce Findlay, accused of fatally shooting her husband inside their Southern Maryland home, is a native of Scotland who has taught at the University of Maryland's English Department since 2002, officials said Tuesday.
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Findlay, 40, taught classes at the school's Professional Writing Program this year, officials said. She was not a tenure-track professor, a school spokesman said Tuesday.

According to her biography and resume, she is a native of Scotland who has studied 20th century British Literature and post-colonial literature of India, Africa and Britain.

One student, according to a report in the Maryland Diamondback, said Findlay liked to talk about guns and how many she owned.

According to investigators in St. Mary's County, Findlay and her husband began arguing on Saturday inside their home. Findlay got a gun from the home and shot him, St. Mary's officials said. She remained on the scene until sheriff's deputies arrived.

Capt. Terry Black, commander of the St. Mary's Bureau of Criminal Investigations, said no one else was inside the home at the time.

A University of Maryland spokesman declined to discuss Findlay's current status. "This is a criminal matter under the jurisdiction of the St. Mary's County police and the process will follow its due course," the school said in a statement.

Findlay had studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, according to the Lincoln Journal Star, which reported reaction from associates over the news.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  | November 3, 2010; 8:35 AM ET
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She's a "animal" and "thug"! Oh I'm sorry, that's only what most people on here call young black men who commit murders.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | November 3, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

More likely she was abused by an animal and a thug....

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 3, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Aren't you the one who regularly claims that WaPO intentionally doesn't use photos of caucasian suspects and provides less coverage of crimes committed by caucasians?
How do you explain this one?
It isn't anyone's fault that there are just more crimes to report that are committed by young minority males...stats don't lie.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

No doubt the statistics are staggering when it comes to black-on-black crime. And the saddest commentary of all regarding that fact is that too many see it as a fact that lends credence to their hate-filled, racist comments and views. All many people need, and the blogs on this site and many others are proof that all many are looking for is a reason...and there you have it.

Posted by: kimnealctr | November 3, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

She IS an animal and a thug. I hope she gets life without bail. These white suburban females are the worst ones. Look at you all defending her.....she shot a guy!

Posted by: dagrill15 | November 4, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Dagrill15, you are incredibly judgmental. It isn't clear why she shot that man or what the situation was within the home. Though it is wrong that she killed him, to say that she deserves a life in prison is incredibly unwarranted. You don't have all the evidence, so why make a comment like that? Though she was an odd professor, I am reserving judgement till more is reported.

Posted by: SF091020 | November 4, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

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