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Hyattsville man found guilty of New Year's Eve murder

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Published on: Wednesday, September 26, 2012

By Jim Davis

A Hyattsville man faces a life-plus-40-years sentence in prison for the murder of another Hyattsville man on New Years Eve in 2010.

Angela D. Alsobrooks, state’s attorney for Prince George’s County, announced Friday that a jury found David Henry Wright, 30, guilty of first-degree murder of Ansel Whitlocke, 58. Wright is schedule for sentencing on Nov. 29.

Wright and two others, DeMarco Williams and Verlyncia Coleman, hatched a plan to rob Whitlocke at his Hyattsville apartment. Whitlocke was friends with Coleman, who went with a girlfriend to Whitlocke’s apartment to spend New Year’s Eve with him.

Wright and Williams came into the apartment seconds after Coleman and her friend left and demanded money.

When Whitlocke refused to give them money, they stabbed him 43 times. Wright and Williams fled from Whitlocke’s apartment with a Bible, jewelry and approximately $550 in cash.

Just before 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2011, Prince George’s County Police officers were called to the 5700 block of Cypress Creek in Hyattsville after a neighbor entered the unlocked apartment and discovered Whitlocke lying dead in his living room. 

Prince George’s County homicide detectives were informed by several witnesses that the threesome planned to rob Whitlocke on New Year’s Eve.

Homicide detectives arrested Williams. During his police interview, he gave details about the murder and confessed to his role in the robbery and murder of Whitlocke, police reported. Police found bloody clothing after a search in Coleman’s and Wright’s apartment.

“I want to thank our prosecutors and our police for coming together again to solve a murder and to bring justice to the family. There’s no doubt that these defendants will be behind bars for a long time because of their violent behavior,” Alsobrooks said.

Whitlocke’s death was the first homicide of 2011, a year in which 108 homicides occurred in Prince George’s County. In 2010, the county recorded 91 homicides for the year.

So far this year, the county has had 41 homicides and several of them have ended up with homicide detectives making arrests.

Homicide detectives still have no motive or suspects for the recent homicides of Flowers student Amber Stanley, who was shot multiple times while she was sleeping in her bedroom in Kettering, and 17-year-old Central High School student Marckel Norman Ross, who was shot to death while walking to school.

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