LAUREL, Md. - A 47-year-old Laurel man was arrested Thursday in Washington, D.C. and charged in connection with a double murder from May.
Prince George’s County police said they have arrested Thurston Lamont Yerby, of the 11000 block of South Laurel Drive, for allegedly killing James Vell Ferguson, 42, and Tina Lynn Towler, 45, both of the 9600 block of Muirkirk Road.
Police said officers arrived at Ferguson and Towler’s home at 8:15 a.m. May 2 in order to conduct a welfare check. Once there, officers found both victims dead at the scene. Also discovered was Towler's 25-year-old disabled daughter in the home. She was not hurt. A nurse, assigned to monitor the daughter, found the victims during a routine visit. The daughter is currently being cared for by the State of Maryland.
Police said Yerby and Towler had a romantic relationship and DNA evidence put Yerby at the scene of the murders. The motive for the murders remains under investigation.
Yerby is charged with first- and second-degree murder. He remains in custody with the Metropolitan Police Department, awaiting extradition to Prince George's County.
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