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A suspect in a double homicide in Laurel that left a mentally challenged girl without her mother was arrested by Metropolitan Police on Sept. 12.

Thurston Yerby, 47, of Laurel was arrested Sept. 12 in Washington, D.C., in connection with the killings of Tina Towler, 45, and James Ferguson, 42, who were found dead with multiple stab wounds on May 2, according to police. The arrest occurred during a traffic stop after a warrant was issued Sept. 11; however, Yerby was a suspect early in the investigation, Prince George’s County spokesman Lt. William Alexander said. He is being charged with first- and second-degree murder, according to police.

“It was just the process of collecting the evidence and solidifying the case before moving forward,” he said.

On May 2, officers were called to the 9600 block of Muirkirk Road after a nurse caring for Towler’s daughter found both Towler and Ferguson at about 8:15 a.m. with stab wounds to their upper bodies, according to police. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, and Towler’s daughter is now being cared for by the state of Maryland, according to police.

Towler’s daughter was at home during the killing and was physically unharmed, Alexander said.

According to police, Yerby had a romantic relationship with Towler, and surveillance video captured his truck driving to and from the crime scene, and DNA evidence allegedly links Yerby to the scene. The motive behind the double homicide is still under investigation, according to police.

Yerby is being held in Washington, D.C., and is expected to be extradited to Prince George’s County where he will likely be held without bond, Alexander said.

A phone number for Yerby was not available, and his public defender, Corinne Schultz, did not return phone calls immediately.