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A man accused of murdering his girlfriend, whose body was found wrapped in a blanket in a trash can by police in a wooded area south of Leonardtown on Feb. 1, is negotiating a plea offer with the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office, according to his lawyer.
After waiving his client’s appearance during a pretrial hearing last week in Calvert County Circuit Court, attorney Richard Rydelek said he still needs to discuss a potential plea offer with 25-year-old John Warren Gibson of Lusby, before the scheduled July 22 plea hearing. Details of the possible plea were not discussed during the hearing.
Rydelek said June 3 that if a plea agreement could not be reached, he will be making motions during an Aug. 15 hearing to suppress Gibson’s statements to police.
Gibson was arrested in February and then indicted in March on charges of murder, a theft scheme less than $1,000, charging someone else’s credit card more than $500, unauthorized removal of property and wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend, 27-year-old Amanda Lynn Foster of Lusby, with a kitchen knife during an argument about dishes Jan. 10.
After allegedly admitting to murdering Foster, Gibson directed investigators to Hanover Beach Lane in Leonardtown, according to charging documents, where Foster’s body was found in a large, dark-gray trash can hidden under some brush.
Gibson also was indicted in March for allegedly robbing a Shell gas station Jan. 29 in Calvert County, for which he also will appear in circuit court for a plea hearing July 22. He was charged in a second indictment with armed robbery, second-degree assault and theft less than $1,000.
Gibson allegedly told police he went to the gas station by himself, threatened the cashier with a knife and took $147 in cash. He told police he robbed the gas station with the intent of getting enough money to buy pills to overdose, according to court records.