Queens Landlord Wanted in Teacher Murder Nabbed in Maryland

Keith Howard, 63, was apprehended in Maryland

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012  |  Updated 9:53 AM EDT
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Queens Teacher Stabbed to Death

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Queens Teacher Stabbed to Death

One of New York's public schools is dealing with a loss tonight. One of its teachers was murdered--stabbed multiple times inside a Queen's apartment building. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.
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The Queens landlord wanted for questioning in the stabbing death of a 39-year-old public school teacher has been caught in Maryland, authorities said Monday.

Keith Howard, 63, was detained by police in Baltimore last Wednesday when a license plate reader picked up his vehicle as he was driving, police said. His license plate had been put on a watch list.

Police have been searching for Howard since Oct. 2, when Karla Shah Boguwalski was found dead in a pool of blood, partially wrapped in a tarp, in Howard's bathroom in the Rockaways. She had been stabbed seven times in the neck, according to the medical examiner. 

She also had trauma to her head. A source familiar with the medical examiner's results said it appears Shah Boguwalski was struck in the head, lost consciousness and was then stabbed several times.

Shah Boguwalski worked as an ESL teacher at P.S 43 in Far Rockaway, according to the Department of Education.

Her husband found her after he saw stains that looked like blood on the stairway leading up to their landlord's apartment on the second floor, according to police. 

Frankie Feliciano, who has lived next door to the Howards since 1996, was floored by the allegations when NBC 4 New York spoke to him Oct. 2. 

"He seems like a nice guy," he said. "We don't talk much, but he was always messing around with his garden."

Howard remains in Maryland pending extradition. He's expected to be charged when he returns to New York.

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