Court records suggest the two story-house on Dayspring Drive dates back more than a century, and 59-year-old Jeffrey Caples and his wife, Kelly, had called it home for nearly two decades.
“Always together. Always together. Always getting in and out of the car together. Always in the yard together. I never saw one without the other,” a neighbor told us, who did not want to be identified.
That all changed on Wednesday afternoon when Caples emerged from the house and police arrived to check on a report that his wife had been knocked unconscious and wasn’t breathing.
According to charging documents, investigators discovered her body lying in a pool of blood at the base of the staircase with a bloodied hammer and a seven-inch kitchen knife laying nearby.
Police also found defensive wounds on her fingers where she had tried to fight off her husband as he murdered her.
Investigators found blood spatter on the alleged killer’s face and clothing.
He has since confessed to the killing, but neighbors are left to speculate over the reason why.
“He said his last place of employment was the Horseshoe Casino down in Baltimore. He was a dice dealer at the craps table,” one of them told us, “I’m sure, like the missus said, that had to add to it. You know. You’re out of work for this long a period of time.”
Jeffrey Caples is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster facing a First Degree Murder charge.