By Michelle Richardson
Special to the AFRO

Amit Kumar, 40, of the 6700 block of Holabird Avenue in South Baltimore, was convicted of first degree murder and possession of a dangerous weapon after killing his wife Ankita Verma, 39. 

According to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, on January 11, 2019, at 5:06 p.m. Kumar stabbed his wife to death in the bedroom of their apartment. An autopsy ruled the death a homicide.

Amit Kumar was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife, stabbing her 55 times. (Courtesy photo)

Authorities say the crime scene indicated that the victim struggled with the suspect. 

The bedroom door was broken off its hinges and blood was found on both sides of the bedroom door, on the legs of a stool and on a suitcase.

Officials say that the victim tried to escape by locking Kumar out of the bedroom by holding the door shut. The victim also tried to shield herself from Kumar by using a nearby stool and a suitcase to block the attack.

After the stabbing Kumar allegedly fled to Washington, D.C., then New York City and then Vermont. Police shared his wanted poster and issued an arrest warrant charging Kumar with first degree murder.

Kumar allegedly attempted to hide in Canada before he ultimately turned himself into a Syracuse police station in New York after seeing his wanted poster on television.

Homicide detectives traveled to Syracuse, where they interviewed Kumar, who admitted that he and his wife were the only ones home at the time of the attack. 

Kumar allegedly told detectives that his wife stabbed herself 55 times. 

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby issued a statement after the sentencing hearing. “Domestic violence often hides behind closed doors in our society until the worst happens,” Mosby stated.

“It is my hope that cases like Ankita’s will encourage people to leave a dangerous situation in their home before it’s too late. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”