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Capitol Heights man charged with murder of 71-year-old woman

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Published on: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

By Jim Davis

Prince George’s County homicide detectives arrested a Capitol Heights man for the homicide death of a 71-year-old Chapel Oaks woman.

On Saturday, detectives apprehended James Alphonso Ward, 46, and charged him with first-degree murder for the killing of Geraldine Joyce McIntyre, who was fatally stabbed at her home in the 1200 block of Chapel Oaks Drive, according to Police Chief Mark Magaw.

Prince George’s County Police Department patrol units were called just before 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, to check on McIntyre’s welfare. When Officers arrived on the scene, McIntyre was not breathing and had suffered multiple stab wounds to her neck and chest, a source said. Paramedics transported McIntyre to a local trauma center, where she was later pronounced dead.

McIntyre was living with her adult daughter, who is disabled. Her daughter was in the hospital at the time of the murder. For a few weeks before her death, McIntyre had been living alone.

At a press conference held Monday at police headquarters in Palmer Park, Maj. Michael Straughan, commander of PGPD Criminal Investigations Division, said Ward and the victim knew each other. At times, McIntyre provided Ward with food, Straughan said.

During the police investigation, police determined that Ward took a flat screen television from McIntyre’s house. On Feb. 9, a resident saw Ward walking down the street with the television, and the resident quickly informed Prince George’s County Police.

Police arrested Ward on other charges and on Saturday he was charged with first-degree murder of McIntyre. He is being held at Prince George’s County Correctional Center on a bond-bound status.

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