Jason Thomas Scott has been indited by a Maryland Grand Jury for a double homicide of Mother and daughter, Delores Dewitt, 42, and her daughter Ebony, 20, in Prince George's County. 27-year-old Scott is a UPS employee and lived with his parents and sister.
(WUSA ) -- Burglaries, home invasions, trading in stolen weapons, and murders; all are part of the timeline in Maryland's possible "serial killer" case. Indictments in the case are expected next week, revealing the identity of the person of interest now in custody.
The man is officially "a person of interest" in the so called Largo mother/daughter murders where four women were killed in 2009. There is much more to this timeline investigators now link to the alleged suspect going back nearly a year earlier.
* June of 2008, there was mysterious shooting death of a woman in her Bowie home.
*October of 2008, a violent home invasion in Accokeek.
* January 26th, 2009, the murders of Karen and Karissa Lofton in Largo, Maryland.
* March 14th, Dolores and Ebony Dewitt were found dead in a burning car.
* March 16th, another Largo home invasion terrorizes a victim who was unhurt.
* May 2009, a gun store burglary in Woodbine Maryland. It ended in June, when the suspect tried to sell two of the stolen guns to an ATF informant and was arrested.
Searches in the wake of the arrest allegedly uncovered evidence of the burglaries, home invasions, and eventually the mother daughter murders.
The suspect was released on a $42,000 bond after his June arrest. He stayed free until September when he was charged in the home invasions cases and held on nearly one million dollar bail.
Quickly evidence mounted and the focus shifted to the mother daughter murders
Early this year prosecutors dropped many of the state charges to let the federal gun prosecution go forward.
The suspected serial killer suspect now safely in federal custody was going nowhere and now a grand jury is poised for the first time to indict him for murder.
The investigation and subsequent raid by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last July put the 27-year-old Largo man on police's radar because of items found in his house, including computer files, car keys and other items from break-ins around the area, law enforcement officials and other sources indicated.
The man was indicted on federal carjacking, weapons and sex charges and is jailed while prosecutors prepare an indictment in one of the Largo slayings, law enforcement sources have said.
"If we had to pick one moment in the investigation that was kind of the turning point, that was probably it: the search warrant on this guy's house by the ATF," said Maj. Andrew Ellis, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department.
Detectives connected the man to at least five killings and possibly more, authorities said. Prince George's Police Chief Roberto Hylton said Tuesday that the man is a "serial killer" and that he is likely to be indicted within the month in connection with the killings of Delores Dewitt, 42, and her 20-year-old daughter, Ebony. Their bodies were found March 16, 2009, in a burning car in Largo that had been stolen that day. Hylton did not name the man because he is not yet charged.
The man is also a suspect the slayings of Karen Lofton, 45, and her 16-year-old daughter, Karissa, who were found shot in their locked home Jan. 26, 2009, Hylton said. Detectives are also investigating whether he might be responsible for a 2008 killing in which a Bowie woman was shot before her home was set ablaze, among other crimes, he said.
Special Agent Clare Weber, a spokeswoman for the ATF's Baltimore Field Division, said that ATF agents were simply pursuing a run-of-the-mill case for them -- the May theft of guns from JC Arms in Woodbine, Md. -- and that their investigation led them to connect the suspect to the cases in Prince George's, with the help of local detectives.
"For it to potentially have turned into such a significant case that affects this community, that's kind of why you want to go to work every day," she said.
Law enforcement sources have said the suspect was a "brilliant" criminal who studied forensic textbooks and changed his methods. The sources, as did others in this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the man has not been indicted in any killings.
(Newser) – When two mother-daughter pairs were murdered in early 2009 in Largo, Maryland, local detectives and an FBI profiler declared the killings unrelated—because, police have now realized, they were duped by a well-read serial killer with two master's degrees whose extensive research had taught him how to throw detectives off track. The killer, whose name is not being released, will be remembered as "one of America's most infamous killers," a Maryland police chief says.
By studying books about forensic science, the killer learned how to clean up his crime scenes. He also intentionally changed his killing methods from victim to victim so detectives wouldn't think his crimes were the work of the same person, the Washington Post reports. Besides the four Largo murders, police suspect he may be linked to other crimes in Washington, DC, Texas, and Florida. The man is currently in police custody on weapons and sexual assault charges, but has not yet been charged with any murders.
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