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Police find man murdered in his home in Germantown

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Montgomery County Police, responding to a report of a suspicious situation, found Maurice Cortez Mercer, 30, dead from a gunshot wound in his home in the 12500 block of Cross Ridge Way in Germantown on Jan. 3. Police did not reveal who contacted authorities.

Maryland judiciary case records indicate Mercer had an extensive criminal history. He has pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled dangerous substance/conspiracy, possession of marijuana, malicious destruction of property and illegal gaming.

According to online records, Mercer also had a post office box registered in Olney.

Police are thus far unable to confirm whether a possible motive for Mercer's killing was related to his criminal history.

“At this point in Mercer’s [case], we’re unable to confirm motive,” Starks said. “Investigators are looking at it.”

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Police investigate Christmas Eve murder

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Montgomery County Police are still investigating the homicide of 18-year-old Jose Herrera, who was murdered in Silver Spring on Christmas Eve.

On Dec. 24, police responded to calls about an assault and sounds of gunshots at the 1000 block of Quebec Terrace in Silver Spring. When they arrived, police found Herrera dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

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Rockville man charged with murder of his married girlfriend

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Dania Suyapa Mendez De Guerra Missing Person WheatonDania Suyapa Mendez de Guerra was found dead Friday near her place of work at a KFC in Wheaton. A co-worker has been arrested and charged in her apparent homicide. COURTESY PHOTO  

A local man is in jail without bail after authorities charged him with killing a married co-worker.

Prosecutors Saturday charged Elmer Marilan Campos-Martinez, 47, of Rockville with second degree murder. He apparently had an ongoing affair Dania Suyapa Mendez de Guerra, 21, of Wheaton. Campos-Martinez worked with de Guerra at the KFC restaurant on University Boulevard in Wheaton.

On Monday, a Rockville District Court judge denied bail to Campos-Martinez after learning a final removal order has been issued against him by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

"The defendant presents a clear danger to the community and is a flight risk," Judge Margaret Schweitzer said in Rockville District Court Monday. "He has nothing to lose. It is appropriate for him to be held without bail." 

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Arrests made in connection with murder of Northwest High School students

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MCPD arrestMontgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger announces three arrests made in connection with the murder of two Northwest High School students. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger announced Saturday night police arrested three people in connection with the murder of students Shadi Adi Najjar, 17, and Artem S. Ziberov, 18, from Northwest High School.

Police arrested Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, Roger Garcia, 19, and Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, 25. Each was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

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Police nab fifth suspect in Gaithersburg homicide

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Jose Coreas VenturaJose Coreas Ventura. FILE PHOTO  

Police arrested a fifth suspect March 28 in connection with a Gaithersburg homicide that occurred in June, said a Montgomery County Police spokesperson.

Montgomery County Police had an outstanding arrest warrant for Jose Coreas Ventura, 20, in connection with the homicide of Christian Antonio Villagran-Morales in Gaithersburg, when Bedford County Police took him to the Sheriff’s office March 28, spokesperson Officer Rick Goodale said.

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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.

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Tomaszewski smirks in court as he's sentenced to life without parole

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ROCKVILLE  Immediately after being sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of his neighbors, Scott Tomaszewski turned toward the court’s gallery and smirked twice before being led out by sheriff’s deputies.

Before he was sentenced, Tomaszewski, 32, who pleaded guilty to the murder of Richard “Dick” and Julianne “Jody” Vilardo in May of 2015, said he was remorseful for what he did. Tomaszewski cited a history of neglected mental health treatment, alcohol addiction and a near-death experience as the reasons why he broke into his neighbors’ home — neighbors he had known since he was a kid — and stabbed them to death.

“I don’t know what dark part of your soul caused you do this,” said Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge John Debelius before he sentenced Tomaszewski to two consecutive life sentences, one without the possibility of parole.

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Suspect in murder had been deported to El Salvador

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The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) had deported Oscar Ernesto Delgado-Perez, the third suspect in a gang-related murder, twice before to El Salvador. Delgado-Perez then illegally entered the country again, to allegedly kill 20-year-old victim Cristian Antonio Villagran-Morales.

In his bond review on September 8, prosecutor Robert Hill told District Court Judge Zuberi Williams that Delgado-Perez was just about to leave to Texas when police found him. 

“He said to police: ‘If I hadn’t been drunk this morning, you guys would never have caught me,’” said Hill. 

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