BALTIMORE — Amit Kumar was convicted of first degree murder and possession of a dangerous weapon for the murder of his wife, Ankita Verma.
In January, Kumar stabbed his wife to death more than 50 times in the bedroom of their apartment complex. The crime scene indicated several signs of a struggle including the bedroom door being broken off of the hinges.
It was later confirmed that during the course of the stabbing, she attempted to escape by locking Kumar out of the bedroom by holding the door shut and attempted to shield herself using a stool and suitcase.
After the stabbing, Kumar fled to Washington, D.C., where he traveled to New York City and then headed to Vermont. By this time, the police had already shared his wanted poster with the media and issued an arrest warrant charging Kumar of first degree murder.
Detectives later traveled to Syracuse and interviewed Kumar who admitted that he and his wife were the only people at home during the time of the murder. But he claimed that his wife had self-inflicted all 55 knife wounds; some of which reached to the bone.
Kumar is scheduled to be sentenced on February 21, 2020 and faces life plus three years.