Bedford County homicide likely drug-related, victim stabbed 28 times


CUMBERLAND VALLEY TOWNSHIP – Three people have been charged in connection with the death of a Maryland man Friday night in Bedford County.

Police said Heather Schade, 39, of Bedford; James Wallace, 29, of Randallstown, Maryland; and Dovonta Gaines, 22, of Baltimore, were all charged with the murder of Gary Shriver, Jr., 50, of Cumberland, Maryland.

Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins said Monday the three are charged with criminal homicide and conspiracy to commit criminal homicide.

Higgins said he believes the motive to be drug related.

Shriver was stabbed 28 times and then thrown over an embankment, officials said.

Schade’s mother said her daughter got involved in drugs a couple years ago and completely changed. Schade's mother hopes her daughter never gets out of prison.

"That's the right place for her," she said.

Another man who owns a local grocery store said he has known Schade in passing for years.

He said after she got involved in drugs, he caught her stealing and banned her from the store.

Shriver was found dead along Lake Gordon Road near Piney Ridge Road around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

According to a police report, the Pennsylvania Game Commission initially received a call for a disturbance in the area. Police said when the game commission arrived on scene, they found Shriver’s body down an embankment.

State police were then called to begin an investigation, which led to the arrests, police said.

The defendants were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge H. Cyril Bingham and taken to the Bedford County Jail without bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

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