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Murder Trial Testimony: Wiccan Spells, Wife Feared for Dead Husband

A wife became distraught in an Anne Arundel courtroom after testifying against the Crofton man accused of killing her husband.

Murder Trial Testimony: Wiccan Spells, Wife Feared for Dead Husband

A Crofton woman testified Wednesday in the murder trial of lover that she tried casting “Wiccan spells” to compel the man to contact her after police searched her home following the death of a Frederick man, says WBAL TV.

The Frederick News-Post reports that Dara Dillree testified in Annapolis that she had tried the magic as a way to make Michael Stahlnecker of Crofton contact her. He is charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of John Ryan of Frederick.

Stahlnecker has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After Ryan's body was found in the trunk of his Lexus in Derwood in December 2012, investigators searched Dillree's home, WBAL says. They found news clippings about Ryan's disappearance and an altar dedicated to Stahlnecker.

They also found a voicemail from Dillree, telling Stahlnecker, "You'd better think about marrying me." Dillree denies she was referring to the spousal privilege of refusing to testify.

Also in Wednesday’s testimony, John Ryan’s wife, Sarah, broke down in tears after telling the court that she had begged her husband to end his involvement in the drug trade.

“My husband was a drug dealer,” Sarah Ryan said in the newspaper’s story. “I never wanted him to be looked at like that. I knew he was more than that.”

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