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August 01, 2007

Pr. George's officer charged with murder

UPPER MARLBORO -- A Prince George's County grand jury indicted a county police officer on second-degree murder and other charges yesterday in the shooting of two furniture deliverymen in January.

Cpl. Keith Washington, 46, a former homeland security officer, was indicted on charges related to the shooting at his home in Accokeek when the men dropped off a bedroom set Jan. 24. Brandon Clark, 22, died from his wounds, and Robert White, 36, was injured.

Washington used his police-issued handgun and said he acted in self-defense when he found the men in a part of the house where they didn't belong.

Along with second-degree murder, Washington was indicted on charges that include attempted second-degree murder, assault and handgun violations.

It is the second indictment of Washington for incidents with firearms at his home. In June, he was indicted on assault charges after he brandished a gun at a real estate appraiser who had the wrong address. Washington lost his job as a county homeland security officer after that incident and has since been suspended from his police job.

Associated Press

Man charged in sons' deaths

SILVER SPRING --A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his two sons Monday morning in their Silver Spring townhouse, Montgomery County police said.

Thurmon Herring, 44, was arrested by county police after officers discovered the bodies of Jeremy Herring, 18, and Justin Herring, 20, Monday morning. Both had gunshot wounds. Autopsies were planned.

Officers went to the home after receiving a call from Thurmon Herring about 9 a.m. He was found along a road in Rockville and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and gun charges. He was being held Monday without bond.

Fire officials were investigating whether an attempted arson took place after an accelerant was found in the home, Montgomery County Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer said.

Police said Jeremy and Justin Herring's mother was at work at the time of the killings.

Associated Press

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