Police arrested 42-year-old Wayne Carroll Key Jr. on Thursday, Nov. 25, following the deaths of a 37-year-old woman and a 6-year-old child.
Their deaths were reported in a press release from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday evening, Nov. 24.
A followup release at 10:35 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day reported that Key had been arrested. He was charged and then arrested following a double homicide case in the 48600 block of Rogers Drive in Lexington Park, according to the sheriff’s office.
The victims of the double homicide were identified as Martina Lynn Patterson, 37, and Lyneasha Justice Greenwell, 6, both of Lexington Park.
Key was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault.
According to a charging document, the bodies of Patterson and Greenwell were found in shallow graves in the 46700 block of South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. That address is next to Lexington Park Elementary School. Numerous household items from the victims’ Rogers Drive home were found in rubbish that was used to cover the bodies.
Patterson had received death threats from Key, according to several witnesses, as stated in the charging document.
One neighbor said they witnessed Key pulling a trash can from the Rogers Drive address to the woods where the victims were found.
Key, aka “Jay,” allegedly contacted an informant as police were gathering information. The informant said they picked up a child Key had in common with Martina Patterson on Nov. 24, the document states.
Key was wanted on prior warrants for burglary, theft, harassment and failure to appear for driving on a suspended license. He was held without bond on Nov. 26 and Nov. 29.