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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Gory Prince George's: Two area men convicted in separate murders

(Updated 23 Jan  2009)
Two area men convicted in separate murders, Suspects face life in prison for 2005, 2007 killings.
Gazette, 4 Dec 2008 (Holzheimer).
Two men were convicted last week of separate murders in 2005 and 2007.

Donnell Leroy Hunter, 37, of Temple Hills was convicted Nov. 26 of fatally shooting 32-year-old Shawn Bryant Hodges of Forestville in the 4500 block of Allentown Road in Morningside on July 4, 2005. Hunter was arrested April 2, 2007, said Prince George's County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Michael Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said Hunter was arrested by officers who were serving an arrest warrant, but he did not know whether the warrant was connected with the 2005 murder.

Greenbelt resident Victor Kevin Carter, 45, was convicted Nov. 25 in the stabbing death of Elias Greene, 67, of Capitol Heights on Nov. 25, 2007 in the 7300 block of Calder Drive in Capitol Heights. Carter was arrested Nov. 28, 2007.

Rodriguez said he did not know how Carter was arrested.

Rodriguez said he did not know why so much time went by between the murders and the convictions—more than three years, in Hunter's case—but said that the time it takes to arrest a murder suspect varies widely.

"It all depends on what kind of information we receive, on what kind of evidence we have," he said. "It varies."

Hunter and Carter both face maximum sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole, said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office. Carter is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 30, and Hunter will be sentenced Jan. 16, he said.

E-mail Greg Holzheimer at gholzheimer@gazette.net.

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