Waldorf man allegedly killed by son
66-year-old found beaten in his home
Police say a man was found dead in his Waldorf home late Friday afternoon, reportedly mur- dered by his son.
After allegedly killing his father, Carlton Vernon Bell Jr., 22, of Waldorf was apprehended about 7 miles from the residence by officers after crashing a vehicle and attempting to escape on foot, according to authorities.
Charles County Sheriff’s Office deputies found Carlton Bell Sr., 66, dead inside his home with severe trauma to his face and head, an agency spokesperson said. Investigators are awaiting autopsy results, but believe some kind of household object may have been used in the attack.
Around 5 p.m. on Friday, sheriff’s office deputies responded to the Bell residence at the 5400 block of Topsmelt Court in Waldorf to conduct a welfare check, police stated. Upon arrival, Bell Sr. was found deceased with obvious signs of trauma, and detectives assumed the investigation.
Detectives believe the father and son had been arguing when Bell Jr. began attacking his father. After severely injuring him, Bell Jr. allegedly drove away from the house, and crashed his vehicle about 7 miles away from the residence in the area of U.S. 301 and Mitchell Road, according to the sheriff’s office. He then tried to flee the scene on foot, but was apprehended by officers.
Due to his injuries sustained in the crash and during the alleged homicide, Bell Jr. was flown to a hospital, police said.
Upon his release from the hospital, he was charged with first-degree murder, and is held without bond.
Det. C. Shankster is continuing the investigation.