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Officials: "Serial killer" indicted

A 27-year-old Largo man was indicted Tuesday in connection with the slayings of a mother and her 20-year-old daughter whose bodies were found in a burning car in Prince George's County last year, authorities said.

Police said Jason Thomas Scott is a "serial killer" with no previous connection to Delores Dewitt, 42, and her daughter, Ebony, whose bodies were found March 16, 2009, in a burning car in Largo that had been stolen that day.

They have said they believe Scott is also responsible for the slayings of Karen Lofton, 45, and her 16-year-old daughter, Karissa, who were found shot in their locked home Jan. 26, 2009, and for the 2008 killing of a Bowie woman who was shot before her home was set ablaze.

Scott has been jailed on federal carjacking, weapons and sex charges since September, and he has been police’s top suspect in the mother-daughter murders for months, according to court records and law enforcement sources. Kobie Flowers, his lawyer in his federal court case, declined to comment.

The grand jury charged Scott with two counts of murder, two of first-degree burglary and three related gun charges.

"Clearly, this was a gruesome double murder that really shocked the community," said Glenn Ivey, Prince George's State's Attorney. "I hope that this indictment will help bring some sense of calm to the community."

Ivey only mentioned the Dewitt killings and did not use the phrase "serial killer. But Police Chief Roberto Hylton has used the term in the past in reference to the slayings.

Scott has not been charged in the Lofton killings or in the Bowie slaying. Police and prosecutors declined to say officially what evidence they had to connect Scott to any of the killings, though law enforcement sources have said computer forensics and other items seized in a July 2009 search of Scott’s house by federal Alcohol Tobaccos Firearms and Explosives agents will be crucial to the case against him. The case, the sources said, is largely circumstantial.

Before officially naming and indicting Scott, police and law enforcement sources described him as a “brilliant” serial killer who read books and Internet articles about evidence collection so he could learn to clean up his crime scenes. In at least one case, the sources said, Scott even used bleach.

The sources said Scott also intentionally changed his methods throw off investigators, and he duped an FBI profiler into concluding the mother-daughter murders were unrelated.

Scott, who graduated with at least a bachelor’s degree in information systems management from the University of Maryland University College, worked for nine years at UPS before severing from the company last August, around the time federal authorities charged him in connection with the investigation of a burglary at a gun shop in Woodbine, Md. That investigation is what led to the raid on Scott’s house in July, according to authorities and court records.

Law enforcement sources said Scott used his access to a computer database at UPS to track his victims. Scott is also suspected of having burglarized and invaded several homes in Prince George’s County before and after the mother-daughter slayings.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post editors  |  July 27, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
Categories:  Cold Cases , Homicide , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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So hard to comment when their is so little stereotypical characteristics to conclude from. Last name Scott, College Grad, worked for UPS for 9 years, Committed his crimes in PG. This type of article give the usual bloggers who like to stereotype fits. Cant tell his race, economic background, if he is from the hood, illegal, white or anything. Hence no comments. Typical.

Posted by: ged0386 | July 27, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Im glad they found this monster..lets make him meet God faster than he thinks coward

Posted by: GODblEssAmerica4 | July 27, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

ummm, actually, ged0386, he's black.

photo here: http://www.news8.net/news/stories/0710/758892.html

Posted by: dbw63 | July 27, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

actually, the guy's photo is on the WP's main local page, too. no need to wonder!

Posted by: dbw63 | July 27, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Too bad there's no photo of the accused. I had to go to Fox for that:

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/local/suspect-charged-in-murders-of-mother-and-daughter-072710

Posted by: 809212876 | July 27, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy to finally be able to put a face and name on this monster. Oh, he's going to get what he's earned. I trully wish that he could be put in a room with the victims families and we watch his squirm the way his poor victims probably did before being put to death by this punk.
I ask that we do not forget the victims and do not give the monster much attention.

Posted by: skayp | July 27, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

He used BLEACH!!! OMG, he must REALLY be a genius.... (8-0

Posted by: SecularHumanist1 | July 27, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

You know how we say 'He looks like'?

Well, dude looks like a serial killer. He looks jive spooky, like one of those geek dudes that probably hurt kids and animals growing up.

I've seen that look before and those guys all tend to have scary strength, that wiry, fast muscle twitch fiber build and they use it very sneaky, like to hurt a kid but play innocent like the kid did it to themselves. They get off on that cruelty stuff from a young age. And not all of them were abused themselves.

Glad they got him...hopefully he worked alone. Every now and again, these types collaborate, like he finds a flunky that looks up to him and he picks up where this creep left off. And the flunky is worse sometimes...but dumber and sloppier, so he usually gets caught quicker.

Posted by: kahlua87 | July 27, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Please, please please. This innocent man is in need of a scumbag shyster lawyer who can twist the truth into a wiener package. We need to be sure this wonderful man is back on the street, pronto!

Posted by: password11 | July 27, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

So hard to comment when their is so little stereotypical characteristics to conclude from. Last name Scott, College Grad, worked for UPS for 9 years, Committed his crimes in PG. This type of article give the usual bloggers who like to stereotype fits. Cant tell his race, economic background, if he is from the hood, illegal, white or anything. Hence no comments. Typical.

Posted by: ged0386 | July 27, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse
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Interesting that you are more concerned about his race and whether he was stereotyped than his crimes and the devastation he caused.

Posted by: shewholives | July 27, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"This type of article give the usual bloggers who like to stereotype fits. Cant tell his race, economic background, if he is from the hood, illegal, white or anything. Hence no comments."

Dude, he's from Largo. White people don't live in Largo. Fargo maybe.

Posted by: microsoft | July 27, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Too bad there's no photo of the accused. I had to go to Fox for that:

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/local/suspect-charged-in-murders-of-mother-and-daughter-072710


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Fox News is the only place you can the complete news.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | July 27, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

@ microsoft
Unfortunately you are wrong. Largo is populated with "white people" Sheeeesh!

Anyhow, this guy should hope and pray that he NOT go to jail. He needs to ask to be put to death. Once the population gets ahold of him, it will not be a good thing. What type of illness do you suffer from that you think it's ok to kill people for absolutely no reason? What a low form of life he is!!!!

Posted by: gorgeousprincegeorges | July 27, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Just like Ingmar Guandique,huh? Chandra Levy suspect as yet uncharged formally while publicly accepted as killer? This dude doesn't even look like the type. I want to see "innocent until proven guilty" enforced.

Posted by: washreg | July 27, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

For those who want to see what he looks like, watch this clip.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/jason-scott-indicted-double-murder-11261779

I hope he burns in hell!

Posted by: streak | July 27, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Sadly this scumbag will never even face the death penalty thanks to O'Malley and Liberal judges and prosecutors.

Posted by: Etek | July 27, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

COOLCHILLY said: "Fox News is the only place you can the complete news."

More truth than you probably intended. They "can" the news alright -- ten pounds in a one-pound can.

Posted by: laboo | July 27, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

THIS PUNK COWARD WAS THE ULTIMATE VICTIM, VICTIMIZING OTHER VICTIMS!!!

Posted by: demtse | July 27, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

What does it mean, "Scott used his access to a computer database at UPS to track his victims." ? How did that work?

Posted by: writinron | July 27, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

This Doesn't make sense people..Man who has Masters Degree in Computer Science who breaks into Gun shop to steal weapons & then SELL weapons. Man who has been in POLICE custody since September 2009 is now charged with 4 Homicides that stem from the past 3 years???

2 of the people are nurses with daughters yet the only connection police have released is that he is or has used the UPS database?
This man uses the UPS database everyday for work.
Note: Mr Scott has NOT been convicted of any Murders. So how are police & media calling him a serial killer.

Based on what conviction? They better come up with more evidence then what they are saying here..

Posted by: digtldesk | July 27, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. How does working at UPS, give him access to the victims? I could see if he worked for an alarm company or was a maintenance man or something. Nonetheless, glad this guy is off the streets! I'm sure his family will say he didn't do it and was an honorable citizen....smh

Posted by: umdgrad04 | July 27, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I still have yet to hear how he is/ was "brilliant." BTW dude liked to drive fast, all 5'8" 150 lbs. Thanks MD case search.

Posted by: smirkman | July 27, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

GPG, You are correct. Largo has 359 Caucasians for a whopping 4.3% of the pop.

Posted by: smirkman | July 27, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

This guy may have been savvy or cunning but nothing suggests brilliance or genius. He's just a hypersexual and violent thug who was careful about trying to cover his tracks.

Posted by: jabreal00 | July 27, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

No chance this man will EVER face execution under Gov. O'Malley. See below:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/11/AR2009101101891.html

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | July 28, 2010 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, this cowardly psycho punk will get his comeuppance in prison. He should be tortured just like his victims. I don't believe he committed these murders alone, and I find it hard to believe that his family had no clue. They should be investigated for aiding and abetting.

Posted by: tpelle117 | July 28, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Glad they caught the perp, however as he committed these heinous acts in Maryland he will not get what he deserves -- namely to be transformed into a tree ornament!! He must have come under the eagle eye of the same FBI profiler that put out that the Beltway Sniper was a White guy!

Posted by: Saltine | July 28, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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