Man held without bond in connection with suspected chokehold death

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ROCKVILLE – A district court judge on Friday ruled that a Silver Spring man will remain without bond on the charge of murder.

Montgomery County Police investigators arrested 19-year-old Tysean Aaaron Lipford of 13th Street, Silver Spring, Thursday in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Christian Leroy Matthews, his girlfriend’s brother.

District Court Judge James Sarsfield said during the hearing that the man will remain in jail without bond, based on police reports that Lipford confessed to killing Matthews and the fact that the maximum penalty for murder is life in prison. He said he was concerned about the likelihood that Lipford would flee based on the penalty he could later receive.

State’s Attorney’s Office spokesperson Ramon Korionoff summarized the decision.

“The judge determined that there was sufficient evidence to show this individual posed a threat to the community and a possible flight risk,” Korionoff said.

Lipford confessed to killing Matthews in the basement of Matthews’ home by holding him in a chokehold until he was unresponsive, police said in a report. He said he heard Matthews say on the phone that he planned to kill Lipford, his child and the rest of his family, and that he was afraid for his safety, police said.

During the hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Mays said Lipford said there was “bad blood” between him and Matthews. Lipford also demonstrated to police the chokehold he said he had used on Matthews.

Mays recommended Lipford be held without bond because his listed address was that of a hotel and not a permanent residence.

“(Lipford) was romantically involved with the sister of the decedent,” said Korionoff.

Lipford is the father of Matthews’ niece, police said in a report.

Mays said Lipford attended Paint Branch High School and then earned his general education development certificate.



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