I turned on the news today when I got home from work and they mentioned the Largo mother daughter murders. A Prince Georges County grand jury returned a seven count indictment against 27 year old Jason Thomas Scott for the murders of Delores and Ebony Dewitt.
The indictment includes two counts of murder and two counts of burglary. Even though indictments haven’t been handed down in the murders of Karen and Karissa Lofton , according to the Prince Georges County police Jason Scott is still a suspect in their murders as well as the murder of a woman in Bowie, MD.
The Washington Post didn’t have a lot of info but when I did a Google I found that ABC News.com had alot of information. At the time I checked out ABC News this was front page news with his picture shown. Hopefully the Post will have more information later tonight or tomorrow. The Prince Georges County Gazette also has information about the indictment. According to the Gazette:
A Prince George’s County grand jury indicted a Largo man in one of two mother-daughter killings that occurred last year in the Largo area, county State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey announced today, and county police say the man remains the main suspect in the second mother-daughter killing and several other homicides.
Jason Thomas Scott, 27, of Pritchard Lane was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the March 2009 deaths of Delores Dewitt, 42, and her 19-year-old daughter, Ebony Dewitt. Scott is a 2001 graduate of Largo High School who has been in jail since July 2009 on federal gun-trafficking charges. If convicted on the murder charges, he could get up to two life sentences in prison, Ivey said.
During a news conference today outside the county courthouse in Upper Marlboro, Ivey said the state’s attorney’s office is seeking life in prison without parole, adding Scott is not eligible for the death penalty under Maryland law, but declined to elaborate.
When I blog about crime situations I don’t normally post the picture of the criminal. But this time I will.
Jason Thomas Scott, 27-Year-Old With a Computer Science Degree, Being Investigated for Other Unsolved Killings, Police Say
By PIERRE THOMAS and ENJOLI FRANCIS
Authorities are hoping they have the answer to a question that has plagued them since early 2009: Who killed two mother-daughter pairs in a two-month period in suburban Maryland?
Jason Thomas Scott, 27, was charged today in the murder of Delores and Ebony Dewitt, a mother and daughter who were found in a burning car in March 2009. A Prince George’s grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against Scott, including two counts of murder and two counts of burglary.
Law enforcement sources told ABC News that they believe Scott also killed Karen and Karissa Lofton two months prior in their locked home.
Maryland Community Shaken
The horror began Jan. 26, 2009, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, as an intruder neutralized the Loftons’ home alarm system and slipped inside.
Karen Lofton, a 45-year-old nurse, was fatally shot as she tried to hide in a corner. Her daughter Karissa, 16, was repeatedly shot as she frantically dialed 911 from her bed.
Police were perplexed. The doors were locked and there were no signs of forced entry. Neighbors were terrified.
You can read it all here.
I’m so glad to read that this monster is off the streets. And to think that he’s connected to more crimes including more murders and home invasions. According to the ABC New article Jason Scott worked at UPS and apparently used their database to help select his victims. That’s some scary mess to read that that’s how he selected his victims. Unfortunately he’s not eligible for the death penalty in Maryland.
In May 2009, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill that restricts the death penalty to cases in which there is biological or DNA evidence of guilt, a videotaped confession or a videotape that links the defendant to a homicide.
In September 2009 the Prince Georges County Gazette.com did a special feature on the Dewitt and Lofton murders. It’s called Waiting Room.
You can check it out here.
Prince Georges County police have found the man responsible for the murders of Ebony and Delores DeWitt and Karen and Karissa Lofton. The bodies of the DeWitts were found in January 2009 in a burning car and the bodies of the Loftons were found in March 2009.
By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 20, 2010; B01
Prince George’s County police detectives said they think they have a man in custody who is responsible for the slayings of two mother-daughter pairs in the Largo area last year, said sources familiar with the investigation.
The man is a stranger to the victims, and the sources said there was no obvious motive for the killings, making them think that he is a serial killer. Detectives are investigating whether the man might be tied to other unsolved slayings in the area.
The man has not been charged in the mother-daughter killings, the sources said. Authorities are making sure they have a good case and need not hurry because the man is in prison on other charges, they said. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing, declined to name the suspect.
Police are saying that the suspect could be a serial criminal. He might also be responsible for the murder of a woman in Bowie, MD and crimes in other states.
By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 21, 2010; A01
The man responsible for the slayings of two mothers and their daughters in the Largo area last year is a crafty serial killer who pored through books about forensic science to learn how to clean up his crime scenes and intentionally changed his killing methods to confuse detectives, law enforcement sources close to the investigation said.
He holds two master’s degrees and was so good that he duped an FBI profiler into concluding that the killings were unrelated, the sources said. And long after he is brought to trial, Prince George’s Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton predicted, he will be remembered as “one of America’s most infamous killers.”
For now, at least, he is behind bars on unrelated charges.
“This case before you, I think, is going to be a case study for many law enforcement agencies in the future,” Hylton said Tuesday, delivering his first public remarks about the suspect. “This was an individual that was very well read, a studious person, that studied the policing system, knew the policing system, knew about his craft.”
The man, who is 27 and is being held on federal weapons and sex charges, has not been charged with the Largo killings. Hylton and other police officials declined to name him because he has not been charged. But Hylton said he expects the man to be indicted within the month in connection with the killings of Delores Dewitt, 42, and her 20-year-old daughter, Ebony. Their bodies were found March 16, 2009, in a burning car in Largo that had been stolen that day.
Hylton said the devastation may extend well beyond that. Detectives also think the man is responsible for the slayings of Karen Lofton, 45, and her 16-year-old daughter, Karissa, who were found shot in their locked home Jan. 26, 2009. And detectives are investigating whether he might be responsible for a 2008 killing in which a Bowie woman was shot before her home was set ablaze. He also is being investigated in connection with other crimes in the Washington area and as far away as Texas and Florida, Hylton and law enforcement sources said.
“He’s a serial killer,” Hylton said.
Prince Georges County Police Chief Roberto Hylton has stated that there is plenty of evidence against the suspect who grew up in the same neighborhood as the DeWitts and Loftons. He is also described as highly educated with 2 degrees and held a job with a delivery company. The suspect is currently behind bars on federal charges.
I blogged about these murders last year. I first heard about a break in the cases on the news Monday morning. I was wondering what was going on with these two cases and hoping that it wouldn’t turn into a cold case.
The new Wegmans at the Woodmore Towne Centre in Glenarden, which is located off Route 202, is hiring.
LANHAM, MD – With the Wegmans Food Markets signature clock tower now visible east of Exit 17A on the Capitol Beltway, the Rochester-based supermarket chain is seeking full-time employees to staff the new store, now under construction at the Woodmore Towne Centre at Glenarden. Area residents are invited to take advantage of a streamlined on-line job application process at http://www.wegmans.com. Click on “Careers” to find the link for Woodmore.
“We’re looking for all kinds of people,” says Ayana Douglas, store manager of the new Wegmans Woodmore. “Experience in the grocery business isn’t the most important thing. If applicants bring a passion for food and for people, we’ll provide the training needed for success.”
The new 135,000 square-foot supermarket will open in October 2010 and will employ about 600 people, 550 of whom will be hired locally. Full-time jobs available now include customer service, entry-level management, cashier, pharmacy and a wide range of culinary positions. Hiring for part-time jobs will begin in July 2010.
Career information sessions detailing employment opportunities will be held at the store’s hiring office throughout the month of February. Applicants may call 1-877-WEGMANS (press Option 2) or 301-636-6347, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., to speak with a representative.
“One of the things I love most about working for Wegmans is the hands-on education and career possibilities it has afforded me,” says Douglas, a 14-year Wegmans’ veteran who has managed various store locations since 2001. “Whether you’re looking to build a career or just have a solid job, this is one great place to work.”
Check out the Welcome to Wegmans page which features the manager of the Woodmore store, Ayana Douglas. The new Wegmans is slated to open in October 2010.
Things are looking up when it comes to the new Wegmans at Woodmore Towne Centre at Glenarden. According to the Washington Business Journal Wegmans has signed a lease for a 122,000 square foot office and warehouse building in Largo, Maryland.
Wegmans takes office space in Maryland
Washington Business Journal
by Tierney Plumb
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is taking office space at 9475 Lottsford Road in Largo to support the grocer’s planned location in Prince George’s County.
In 2006 the Rochester, N.Y.-based supermarket chain announced plans to build a store at the Woodmore Towne Centre at Glenarden. It is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Wegmans signed a 4,673-square-foot lease at the 122,000-square-foot office and warehouse building, which is 88 percent leased.
The space will function as an employment office, so that when the company starts to hire for the store those prospects would come in for interviews. Some training will also be held there before the store opens.
Looks like the new Wegmans won’t open until late next year.
This was suppose to be the shopping center in the area to take the place of Landover Mall. Landover Mall went downhill during the mid to late 80’s. Will the same thing happen to The Boulevard? The article mentions the loss of several anchor stores (two of the stores have gone out of business), crime and the types of stores that remain at the shopping center.
Violence, Vacancies Trouble Md. Mall
Boulevard Struggles With Image Issues
By Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 29, 2009; A01
The Boulevard at the Capital Centre in Landover was envisioned as a solidly middle-class, Main Street-style mall: a lure to help Prince George’s County keep its residents from fleeing to Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County and Northern Virginia to find anything more than T-shirts and tennis shoes.
The site used to rock a few nights each week as crowds flocked to the old Capital Centre to cheer on sports teams. And local leaders thought the wealthiest majority-black county in the nation deserved at least mid-range stores to go with the fancy neighborhoods nearby.
But six years later, amid the economic downturn, anchors such as Linens ‘n Things, Circuit City and Office Depot are shuttered. Many of the Boulevard’s retailers that remain sell T-shirts, jeans and cellphones, stores that resemble those found in run-down retail strips. Crime is a problem. Five people have been killed there in four years, the latest this month outside the Sideline, the restaurant owned by former Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington. Residents wanted what Landover Mall had been in its early years: classy, safe and worthy of acclaim.
What they have now, residents including Arthur Turner contend, is a shopping center struggling to maintain its anchors and the support from residents it needs to survive.
“We thought it would be the next frontier in economic development and retail in Prince George’s County,” said Turner, president of the Coalition of Central Prince George’s Community Organizations. “But that center has fallen woefully short of what we would have hoped for.”
I remember years ago when they were just about finished building the shopping center, some residents in the surrounding area were a little concerned about the type of stores in the shopping center. Looks like their worst fears have come true.
In addition to the slaying outside the Sideline, three men were gunned down at an Uno Chicago Grill after a fight in the restaurant during the 2008 Super Bowl. In 2005, a 21-year-old man was beaten to death outside Borders. A teenager was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Let’s not forget the off-duty Secret Service agent who a group of thugs tried to carjack at the Boulevard last year. Luckily he was armed and shot at one of the thugs.
I remember when the Boulevard first opened and I decided to check the place out. While walking around I had a bad feeling. Having too many cellphone stores, shoe stores and not having a major anchor store was not going to attract the clientele that the shopping center was looking for. The only store I really consider any good is Borders Books and to be honest I’ve been in nicer Borders Book stores in other shopping areas. With the exception of a couple of eating places I like, I don’t go to the Boulevard that often. And it’s obvious that others feel the same way.
As he ate lunch recently in the Boulevard’s food court, Greg Perry said the mall is just “not his environment.” He patronizes the restaurants during the day but not at night because of the number of teenagers who hang around.
“And the problem is, teenagers will be teenagers,” he said.
Gregory Holmes, who lives about five miles from the Boulevard, said he takes his 8- and 12-year-old sons to the restaurants and the movie theater at the mall but doesn’t shop there. “We still have to travel outside of the county to spend our disposable income,” he said. “The income is here, the rooftops are here, and yet we don’t get the retail that we can support.”
If I want to keep my shopping dollars in Prince Georges County I shop at Bowie Town Center which is much nicer and has a better variety of stores. Otherwise the better shopping centers and malls are still outside Prince Georges County.
Parks said that he understands concerns about the number of stores that accommodate younger crowds but that Inland is meeting customer demand.
“There is a large market for teenagers and tweens that can not be ignored,” Parks said. “Studies have shown about $4 billion, and that’s with a B, in sales from this age group.”
He said the mall instituted a parental escort program last year to decrease loitering at night. Under the policy, security guards start asking teenagers unaccompanied by a parent or guardian for identification after 9 p.m. If the youth has no adult escort, he or she is asked to leave.
I understand the idea of attracting the large teen and tween demographic. But catering to that market alone will not attract those who work full time and have a higher disposable income. Some grown folks just don’t feel safe in a shopping environment filled with loud, out of control teenagers.
This week the Washington Post has featured a couple of articles about the Largo murders of Delores & Ebony Dewitt and Karen & Karissa Lofton. Tuesday’s paper featured a front page story about whether there’s a link between the two murders.
‘Everybody’s a Person of Interest,’ Police Chief Says As Investigators, Residents Grapple With Homicides
By Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A chill went down Courtney Hicks’s back when she arrived at her family’s Largo home after 10 p.m. The lights were on, her sister’s jacket was by the door and her mother’s car was in the driveway. Everything seemed in place that March 15 night — except that when she called out, no one answered.
Hicks, 17, said the hair on her neck stood up, the same way it had in the fall when she found the small two-story house burglarized. She turned on every light. She checked her mother’s and sister’s rooms, then left and began frantically calling their cellphones. About 2 a.m., she returned to find the lights still on and the house still empty.
Two hours later, as Hicks worried, police found two bodies in a burning car nearby, one in the back seat and the other in the trunk. Authorities identified them later as Hicks’s sister Ebony Dewitt, 20, and mother, Delores Dewitt, 42.
“I thought for sure something had gone wrong,” said Hicks, a student at Prince George’s County Community College. “But I never thought in a million years that it would be the outcome that it was.”
The possibility that the killings of the Dewitts are linked to the slayings of another mother and daughter — Karen and Karissa Lofton, found shot in their Largo home in January — has prompted Prince George’s County police to assign more than two dozen investigators to those cases.
Connected or not, detectives say each set of killings is baffling in its own right. The absence of an obvious suspect or motive — an angry ex-boyfriend, a drug deal gone bad — has made the slayings more unsettling for residents than any in years in Prince George’s.
“This is so bizarre,” Police Chief Roberto Hylton said of the two sets of killings. “Everybody’s a person of interest.”
The entire article can be read here.
Today’s Post has a front page story in the Prince Georges’s EXTRA. This article also talks about the link between the two murder cases, interviews with family members including Karen Lofton’s ex-husband and additional information about Karen and Karissa. This article places more emphasis on the Loftons.
Slayings of Second Pair Redirect Investigation
Attention Reverts to Case Of Mother and Daughter Who Were Killed in January
By Aaron C. Davis and William Wan
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 26, 2009; PG01
The fear and mystery surrounding two Prince George’s County mother-daughter homicides began two months ago today, when police found the bodies of Karen and Karissa Lofton in their home in a quiet Largo area neighborhood.
Whether their deaths are found to be linked to the killings last week of Delores and Ebony Dewitt, whose bodies were found burned in a stolen car less than a mile away, the similarities between the victims have refocused attention on the Loftons.
Their family members and friends said they have struggled to accept their loved ones’ sudden and brutal deaths.
“The wounds are still very deep,” said Karen Price of Lanham, a sister-in-law of Karen Lofton’s. “We’re all still reeling from their deaths. We want this case resolved so badly.”
The case will be the subject of an episode of “America’s Most Wanted,” possibly this weekend, said Karen Lofton’s ex-husband, Kirkland Lofton Sr. He has been working through a relative with John Walsh, the host of the long-running TV show, to feature the Jan. 26 killings of Karen, 45, and Karissa, 16.
The show posted a story about the slayings on its Web site last week and has filmed a segment in the victims’ home in the 10800 block of Southall Drive. A candlelight vigil will be held in front of the house tonight at 8, Lofton said.
Family members and friends said the shooting deaths of the school nurse and teenager who loved fashion and modeling cut short the lives of a mother and daughter who had much to offer.
Karen Lofton, who sometimes used her maiden name, Sherill, had just started working at Lake Arbor Elementary School in Mitchellville. She worked one day, according to a school employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, and never returned for orientation. The school later got a call that Lofton had been found dead.
Karissa, a junior at Riverdale Baptist High School in Upper Marlboro, was an aspiring model and fashion designer who had recently enrolled in the Girls of Character program at Woodstream Church of Mitchellville, where the family worshipped before switching to Hosanna Ministries in the District.
Click here to read the entire article.
When the Loftons were murdered some folks wondered if they knew the murderer since the front door was locked. Karissa was able to call 911 but apparently she wasn’t able to identify who shot her and her mother. I will be relieved when they catch the murderer(s). It’s an uneasy feeling knowing that some murdering fool is running loose in the area.
Funeral services were held yesterday at the Lively Stone Church in Landover, Maryland for Delores & Ebony Dewitt, the mother and daughter found murdered in a stolen car in Largo, Maryland early Monday morning.
Grief’s Unanswered Question: Why?
Funeral Held for Slain Md. Mother, Daughter Found in Car
By Nelson Hernandez and Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, March 21, 2009
There was a short time yesterday at the funeral of Delores and Ebony Dewitt when nothing could be heard amid the hundreds of people but the soft tones of an organ and the heaving sobs of a sister wracked by grief.
“My baby!” screamed Patricia Smith, Delores Dewitt’s sister. “Oh, Lord, Lord, Lord! Why, why, why?” That, in its raw pain, was the question: Why were a mother, Delores, and daughter from a close-knit family, who believed in God and hard work, found dead Monday in a burned-out stolen car in the Largo area?
Bishop Willie O. Pittman of New Memorial Temple in Capitol Heights had been giving a eulogy searching for an answer to that question but stopped to console Smith. He stepped down from the dais to the floor, where a pair of urns holding the remains of Delores, 42, and Ebony, 20, were flanked by pictures of them.
“Sometimes you have to pull the rose out of the garden to make a bouquet,” he said afterward.
“She was a beautiful person. She smiled; she laughed,” Victoria Thompson, Delores’s other sister, said of Ebony. “We miss our niece, but we are hopeful that justice will prevail.”
The emotional service at the Lively Stone Church in Landover was an extension of the message that Rosa Mae Smith, 61, the family matriarch, had preached to the family members who had gathered at her Hyattsville home Thursday evening.
“There is no way to explain it,” Smith told a reporter in her living room as seven family members looked on. “We pray to God to take us through it, not to explain it, and to wait for justice to be done,” said Smith, a pastor at the True Gospel Temple in Landover.
Police had not discussed a motive or suspects in the case. They were investigating a possible connection to the unsolved slayings of another mother and daughter less than a mile away in January.
Prince Georges County police have released a photo of handbags that might have been stolen from the deceased.
Photos of Handbags Released
Purses Might Have Been Taken From 2 Women, Police Say
By Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 20, 2009; B05
A task force investigating the killings of four women in the Largo area released pictures yesterday of handbags that police said might have been taken from women found burned early Monday in a stolen car.
Prince George’s County police officials are asking anyone who has noticed a multicolored Fossil handbag or black patent leather handbag with a large Cadillac emblem to contact detectives.
Police also want to speak with anyone who might have seen the stolen champagne-colored 2005 Nissan Maxima in which the bodies of Delores and Ebony Dewitt were found shortly before 4 a.m. in the 11100 block of Webbwood Court.
Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton said he thinks that the car might have been stolen less than two hours before the bodies were found.
I was reading the Prince Georges Gazette yesterday and I got to the letters section. One letter relating to Prince Georges County officials trying to have a soccer stadium built for the D.C. professional soccer team caught my eye. The letter was from a Bowie resident and I had to read it twice to see if I was reading it correctly.
How insensitive of [Prince George’s] County citizens to protest taxpayer financing of a stadium for D.C. United’s soccer team. A bankrupt hospital system and a severe budget shortfall should not stop [Prince George’s] County from doing the right thing.
E-mails in support from around the world to state legislators should not be ignored. Our growing population of illegal immigrants loves soccer, and we have a moral obligation to build that stadium for them. Furthermore, according to many of our Central American friends living among us, including those who are delegates in Maryland’s state Legislature, America created the problems in their home countries, so we owe them.
Who cares about rule of law, sovereignty or exploitation of human beings for cheap labor and votes? Who cares that only the team owners stand to benefit? Maryland and our county government are just not doing enough.
Yes, it’s true illegal immigrants get Maryland driver’s licenses and register to vote when doing so but they do the jobs Americans won’t, and the politicians need those votes. Sure, taxpayers fund CASA [Center American Solidarity and Assistance] free public education and medical care, in-state college tuition and unemployment benefits, but that’s still not enough. These are our fellow human beings; we must do more.
I’m like, is she for real or is this letter just being sarcastic? While reading the letter for a second time, I started laughing cause of the fact that this letter even got published. Did the editors of the paper publish it as joke to send a message to P.G. County officials? Inquiring minds wanna know 🙂
Anyway we don’t need no damn soccer stadium in Prince Georges County. With the economy in the toilet and budget cuts and layoffs in the county why in the hell is our most beloved county executive Jack Johnson even thinking about building a soccer stadium in the county 😦 Fed Ex Field for the Washington Redskins is enough.