Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Maryland's Mother-Daughter Killings

Murder Charges

Scott was charged on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 with the murders of Delores and Ebony Dewitt after a Prince George's County grand jury returned a seven count indictment. In addition to the murder charges, Scott was also charged with two counts of burglary. If convicted, he faces two life sentences.

"Clearly, this was a gruesome double murder that really shocked the community," said Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn Ivey. "I hope that this indictment will help bring some sense of calm to the community."

Police suspect that Scott is also responsible for the deaths of Karen and Karissa Lofton, but he has yet to be charged in that case. As he sits in jail awaiting trial, detectives are continuing to investigate Scott to determine if the Largo atrocities were the beginning of his killing alleged criminal activities or if they were the end. If it turns out to be the latter, only time will tell how many additional victims will be attributed to Scott.

"The case before you, I think, is going to be a case study for many law enforcement agencies in the future," Chief Hylton said after the charges against Scott were leveled.

"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... this is a very bad guy... I think this individual is going to become one of the most infamous criminals in the history of the United States... he's a serial killer."

Following the indictment, Hylton also characterized Scott as a "hard-core criminal that just preyed on this community."

At this point in the investigation, police believe Scott was a stranger to the victims and that there was no clear motive for the killings. Detectives are continuing their investigation, and it remains possible that additional charges may be forthcoming.

 

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