A 63-year-old doctorate-level biostatistician from Tennessee will be spending the rest of his life in a state penitentiary after he was found guilty of shooting his ex-wife to death in October 2013 in Germantown.
On Oct. 15, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Michael Mason sentenced Baldeo Taneja to life in prison after he was found guilty of the first-degree murder of 49-year-old Preeta Gabba of Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown. He was also found guilty of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence as well as conspiracy to commit murder.
On Oct. 12, 2013 around 7:45 a.m., emergency responders from the county fire and police department responded the 19700 block of Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown for a report of a person shot.
Upon arrival they found an adult female police identified as Gabba suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body. She was taken to local trauma center where she was pronounced dead.
During their investigation, homicide detectives were informed by Gabba’s son that his mother and Taneja were having issues in reference to alimony payments Taneja did not make.
Based on information from the son and other collected evidence officers arrested Baldeo K. Taneja and Raminder Kaur on Oct. 13, 2013 in Tennessee.
According to court documents, Taneja and Kaur are married and the two traveled from Tennessee to Germantown with guns Kaur had purchased. Court document also state Kaur was the one who shot and killed Gabba. She also was charged with first-degree murder, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence and conspiracy to commit murder..
According to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, a date has been set for Kaur’s sentencing; officials said they believe she also may be sentenced to life in prison.
“We are pleased with the sentence,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy. “An acrimonious divorce is not a reason to kill your ex-wife. Today Mr. Taneja is being held accountable for the murder of his ex-wife in such a cold, calculated and violent way.”