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Craig McDonald will be the first to tell you he is far from a perfect man, but it was the birth of his first daughter Ebony that put him back on the right path more than 20 years ago.
"She was the reason I got my life together. She was the epitome of empathy and love. Undeserving love, she was the epitome of it because she loved me in spite of it all," said McDonald.
Forgiving, joyful and outgoing, Ebony Dewitt lived with her mother Delores in Largo, Maryland, her father here in Baltimore.
It was March, 2009 when life as Craig knew it would stop.
His high school sweet heart and daughter turned up missing from their Largo home, their bodies later found in a burning car at the end of a nearby road; both murdered with no explanation, no reason and at first -- no suspect.
It would take Prince George's County more than a year to charge Jason Scott with the murders.
A state case that in part grew out of the evidence gathered in a federal one.
Scott is already serving 100 years for his methodical and wicked crime spree he skillfully engineered throughout Largo and Upper Marlboro.
As an employee of UPS and with the use of its database, federal authorities say Scott researched before targeting 29 home burglaries, 9 home invasions, and the sexual assault of a minor.
All of it in fairly close proximity through just about two years, undetected at first until a misstep in Carroll County.
It is in Woodbine where the feds say Scott burglarized JC Arms, a gun shop owned by a Baltimore City Firefighter.
Authorities say Scott was looking for silencers for his weapons, but walked away with a cache of high powered guns he knew he could sell and tried to in this undercover ATF buy.
The feds traced the guns back to the Carroll County burglary, then to Scott's house where they were able to unravel his criminal enterprise by processing the evidence they found: flex cuffs, police scanners, a camera and what authorities call a rape kit with condoms, a camera and lighter fluid.
The bust helped the state of Maryland to develop Scott as a suspect in Ebony and Delores Dewitt's murders, the man that changed the way Craig McDonald views the world.
"To see that they had a rape kit and a camera and lighter fluid and to see that she was burned up and all of that, in my mind it tells me that she was tortured and so it leaves me real disturbed in many ways. I have nightmares. Some nights I wake up in the middle of the night crying. Some night's it's just like it happened. I think I will have to live with it the rest of my life."
And more so now.
While Scott is already convicted and serving his federal time, he was supposed to stand trial last month for the first degree murder of the Dewitts where McDonald would finally learn the details he feels he needs to hear.
Scott's attorney declined an on camera interview but says the trial was pushed back as the state determined whether his client is mentally competent to stand for it .
But it is not Scott's mental state that concern's this father of a murdered daughter.
"Crucifixion. That's the only thing that would help me with him. Crucifixion. I don't think some sins are forgiven. I don't think all things come from God. I think that there are two powers that operate on this earth and I don't respect the other."
Scotts' murder trial is now slated to begin in February.
He is already serving 100 years federally for a crime spree we detailed earlier this year in a thorough which you can see here .
See Scott's Indictment here .
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