Domestic Violence Crimes in Prince George’s County (Demo)

Domestic Violence FeatureSince Friday August 15, 2014, there has been a rash of domestic related murders in Prince George’s County.  In District Heights, a murder and suicide left the estranged wife of Leroy Johnson and her friend Zonita Monia Roberts dead; Leroy then killed himself.  A baby girl, Laila, 3-years-old girl, was murdered in Temple Hills by her father Frederick Roy Miller, according to Prince Georg’e County Police.  Frederick Roy Miller first shot the grandfather and great grandmother of his daughter; they are currently in critical condition.  Miller put his daughter Laila in his car and  led the police on a chase which ended in a gunfire exchange with police and the death of Miller.

Frederick Roy Miller‘s friend and lawyer Tori Bramble said “What I want people to understand is that Frederick was not a monster,” Tori Bramble said. “He was very upset because his daughter had been, as he had said, ‘Taken away from me.’ He could not have contact with her.”  An NBCWashington.com report added that friends of Miller stated that he’d been in a bad car accident several years ago that left him in a coma for 9 days and on disability. “His life was never the same again.”  I’m having trouble seeing how this man could drive, slit his child’s neck, shoot her, and fire at the police all at one time.  Yeaup, having a little trouble with that.


 

Davon Antwan Wallace
Davon Antwan Wallace

This is the second 3-year-old killed in the county in 2 weeks. The first was Knijah Bibb, who was killed by a gunshot fired by Davon Wallace.  Wallace was angry that his girlfriend’s younger brother was wearing his clothing so he rode past his girlfriend’s house in Landover and fired a gun into the house, killing Knijah.  Earlier last week on August 11th, an arrest was made for the murder of  43-year-old Tamu Bynum of Sycamore Lane in Suitland. 
 
Devin James Wooten
Devin James Wooten

The killer, 43-year-old Devin James Wooten of the 2300 block of Pitts Place in Southeast Washington, turned himself in for the crime.  The preliminary investigation reveals the victim and suspect got into an argument that escalated into the shooting. Bynum and Wooten were in a relationship.  There is NO ARGUMENT THAT SHOULD END IN VIOLENCE.  Yesterday, August 18th, 36 year old Shauntelle Marie Lewis of the 6800 block of West Forest Road in Landover was found dead from “trauma” in her apartment; there were no signs of forced entry.  I suspect this to be a domestic related murder also.  No matter, it’s still a tragedy.  Ms. Lewis was a mother of two children.  A family member was babysitting her children and discovered Lewis’s body when she was bringing her children back to her.

Maryland officials stated that 13 of the 33 murders that have happened in Prince George’s County have been domestic in nature.  There seems to be a trend of violence as the outcome of arguments, custody battles, abusive relationships, mental illness, etc.  Please call or go online for help if you are an abuser or being abused.  Please get help.  The abuse could be physical or mental.  If you are constantly being torn down, degraded, or diminished by a person who you’re in relationship with, that’s abuse too.  AND I’m not just talking to the women; men are abused too.  Get help and get out.  You can rebuild your life as long as you’re alive.

Community Crisis ServicesCounty Executive Rushern Baker recommends calling 2-1-1 for confidential assistance from the Community Crisis Organization.  This is a collaborative effort of the Police, Sherriff, States’ Attorney office, and  Health Department.  This puts you in contact with a live person who can counsel and get help for those being abused and the abusers. CALL 2-1-1
PGPD Domestic Violence Unit is overseen by Captain Terrence Sheppard and has 9 investigators on hand if you have questions about abuse and how the county can help,  (301) 772-4433 M-F, 9-5.  
dimensions Healthcare editedDomestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center at Dimensions Healthcare System Prince George’s Hospital Center3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20785, 301-618-3154.  Services include: crisis intervention, crisis and follow-up counseling, safety planning, danger assessment, referral services, and victim advocacy. DV/SAC also trains medical staff to ensure a caring and efficient domestic violence response. DV/SAC operates 24/7 and offers free services.  See their website HERE.

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