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.”