Wal­dorf man al­legedly killed by son

66-year-old found beaten in his home

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

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.

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