Man charged with mur­der found in­com­pe­tent to stand trial

Al­legedly stabbed fa­therin-law in April

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

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.

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