Man charged with murder found incompetent to stand trial
Allegedly stabbed fatherin-law in April
Charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping, a man who allegedly stabbed his father-in-law to death and attempted to kidnap his daughter in April was found incompetent to stand trial on Thursday in Charles County Circuit Court.
Determined to be dangerous due to a mental disorder, Deangelo Hemsley, 39, of Waldorf will be committed to the custody of the
Department of Mental Health and Hygiene until his next court appearance in January, according to court proceedings.
Prior to the incident, Hemsley had been separated from his wife for six months after she moved in with her father, John Edward Yates, 71, who lived in La Plata.
On the night of April 23, Hemsley showed up to Yates’ 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 allegedly 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, according to charging documents.
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.
In court for a status conference on Thursday, Hemsley immediately became belligerent as proceedings began and started shouting over Judge Amy Bragunier as she tried to explain his situation. Security then escorted Hemsley from the courtroom without incident.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 26.