Prince George’s County police announced Tuesday night that the man wanted in connection with the “execution-style” shooting death of an off-duty Washington, D.C., police officer in Upper Marlboro Monday turned himself in.
Antwan Rayvon James, 27, of Upper Marlboro turned himself into county police at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and has been charged with first-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, said Officer First Class Nicole Hubbard, a county police spokeswoman.
James, of the 6700 block of Green Moss Drive where the shooting took place, is accused of shooting his stepfather, Joseph Burrough Newell, 46, a 24-year veteran detective with the Metropolitan Police Department, around 8 p.m. Monday after an argument over yard work.
County police spokesman Lt. Bill Alexander said in a statement that James did not admit his involvement in the incident, which police said was recorded on a neighbor’s surveillance cameras.
Police said Tuesday that after the argument, James approached Newell, who was changing a light bulb outside the garage and shot him once in the back and then stood over him and fired several shots into his body. Newell’s service weapon was not the gun used in the incident, police said.
Newell was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
According to online court records, James is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 20. He did yet not have an attorney listed in online court records Wednesday.
The Newell house’s answering machine said the family was not accepting calls Wednesday morning.