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Stepson reportedly chokes stepfather to death in Md., posts pictures with body on Twitter

(ABC7)

A family is overcome with grief after a domestic murder in their own home.

"It's just a sad situation, it's an awful situation, a terrible situation," says neighbor Pearline Humbles.

The victim, a sixty-five year old man, was choked to death sources say, by his own stepson.

"It's sad, it's right in front of you, it's hard to fathom I saw him yesterday and not today, it's heartbroken," says Andrea Dickson, another neighbor.

Police say they received a 911 call from inside a Dalby Court home in Bowie around 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

Arriving officers found the man inside the garage, and after getting a description of the stepson, issued a lookout.

"We immediately began looking for the vehicle, located it and subsequently apprehended the vehicle," said Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George's County Police.

Almost the moment that radio-alert went out, officers spotted the suspect's vehicle near FedEx Field.

They pursued it along route 214, where one police cruiser collided with an unrelated vehicle. No one was hurt there.

The step-son eventually returned just around the corner from the murder scene.

After his vehicle stalled, he bailed out and ran but officers caught him.

"I don't fully understand why people are finding themselves in a place where they're resolving a dispute and ending with a death," said Stawinski.

Even more shocking though, police confirm the stepson tweeted out pictures of himself lying next to the body of his deceased stepfather. These pictures have since been removed.

Family members tell us the two had a tense relationship; with verbal and physical disputes.

"I've seen the sheriff come there before stuff like that, but I don't think it was something dramatically serious for this to happen," said Dickson.

"You don't know what goes on behind closed doors do you," Humbles added.

Read charging documents from police below:


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