Man stabbed, killed in La Plata

Sus­pect, the vic­tim’s son-in-law, in cus­tody

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­

Af­ter al­legedly stab­bing his fa­ther-in-law to death and at­tempt­ing to kid­nap his daugh­ter at knife­point, po­lice ar­rested a man as he at­tempted to drive away from the scene with blood still cov­er­ing his hands, ac­cord­ing to court records.

John Ed­ward Yates, 71, was pro­nounced dead at the scene, and the sus­pect, Dean­gelo Hem­s­ley, 39, of Wal­dorf, was ar­rested and charged with first-de­gree mur­der and kid­nap­ping.

Prior to the in­ci­dent, Hem­s­ley had been sep­a­rated from his wife for the last six months af­ter she moved in with her fa­ther.

On the night of April 23,

Hem­s­ley showed up to Yates’ La Plata home unan­nounced, en­ter­ing through an un­locked door, charg­ing doc­u­ments state. He asked where his 12-year-old daugh­ter was be­fore con­fronting Yates in the base­ment.

The girl came down­stairs and re­port­edly saw her fa­ther stab­bing Yates, court records show.

Hem­s­ley then al­legedly tried to kid­nap his daugh­ter at knife­point, forc­ing her into his truck, but she was able to es­cape.

Around 8:17 p.m., deputies of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice were dis­patched to the home lo­cated in the 12800 block of Yates Place and ap­pre­hended Hem­s­ley as he tried to drive away from the scene. Of­fi­cers no­ticed what ap­peared to be blood on his hands and re­port­edly dis­cov­ered a blood-stained knife in­side the truck, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate.

In­side the home, they found Yates’ body with stab wounds to his up­per body.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

Held with­out bond, Hem­s­ley awaits his pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing sched­uled for May 24, per court records.

Yates’ death marks the fourth homi­cide in Charles County this year.

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