Jason Scott accepts Alford plea to killing Delores Dewitt, Ebony Dewitt
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJLA) - An accused serial killer in Prince George’s County who was once described by a judge as the “most hated” man in the county took an Alford plea in connection with the murder of a woman and her daughter.
Jason Scott took an Alford plea Wednesday in connection with the killing of Delores Dewitt and her daughter Ebony. He was sentenced to two life sentences but had all but 85 years suspended, the Prince George's County state's attorney says.
In exchange for his plea, authorities won't pursue other cases against Scott, which include the murders of Karen and Clarissa Lofton and the 2008 murder of Vilmer Butler.
“The Dewitt’s was the strongest case we had,” says Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County state’s attorney. “We believe we had evidence, strong evidence, in the other two cases.”
An Alford plea means a defendant doesn't admit guilty but acknowledges that prosecutors could prove his guilt if the case went to trial.
Scott was convicted in 2012 of committing a series of robberies and burglaries and was sentenced to 100 years behind bars.
Dewitt and her daughter Ebony were discovered in March 2009 in a burning car in Largo.
The families of all five victims refused to speak on camera.
“It was just been completely devastating,” says Alsobrooks. “They are relieved toady. She said ‘I just want this finished.’”