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Stepson of murdered D.C. cop turns himself in to police


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Published on: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

By Jim Davis

Almost 24 hours after he allegedly shot and killed his stepfather in what police are calling an “execution,” Antwan James turned himself in to Prince George’s County Police just after 8 p.m. Tuesday at police headquarters in Landover.

James, 27, is accused of killing 46-year-old D.C. police detective Joseph Newell just after 8 p.m. Monday following a dispute over yard work at their home on Green Moss Drive in Upper Marlboro.

The entire incident was captured on a neighbor’s home surveillance cameras, according to Assistant Police Chief Kevin Davis.

Davis said just before James shot his stepfather, Newell asked James to do some yard work. Then James shot his stepfather in the back as he was on a ladder replacing a light. Newell fell to the driveway, and James stood over Newell and fired several shots, Davis said.

“It was an execution,” he said.

Police have found no motive other than the argument over yard work, Davis said.

“It’s as simple and tragic as that,” he said.

Maryland court records show James was charged last month with violating his probation on a second-degree assault charge. He also received probation before judgment in an unrelated drunk-driving case.

James was transported to the county jail in Upper Marlboro and was charged with first-degree murder along with other charges. 

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