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Posted at 5:22 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Friday death ruled 13th Pr. George's homicide

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post editors

The medical examiner has ruled that a woman found dead Friday in the Capitol Heights area near the D.C. line was the victim of a homicide, bringing Prince George's County's total to 13 on the year.

The woman's body was found just after 8 a.m. Friday across from a scrapyard in the 1700 block of Olive Street, authorities said. Police have released few details about the case -- including exactly how the woman died -- claiming it will jeopardize their investigation.

Maj. Andrew Ellis, the department's public affairs commander, said the woman had no obvious signs of trauma to the body, including wounds from a stabbing, shooting or beating. Before the case was officially ruled a homicide, he said detectives were awaiting the results of toxicology reports, which would be critical in their investigation.

Ellis identified the woman as Alitha Mae Jenkins, 51, of the 2400 block of Kent Village Place in the Capitol Heights area. He said she was unemployed and was known to frequent the area where her body was found.

Online court records show Jenkins has an extensive history with police, including criminal convictions for theft and prostitution-related charges.

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 12, 2011; 5:22 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Could talk radio really be fueling 13 murders in 12 days in PG County? You know how ornery those smaller government types can be.

Posted by: carolinadreams | January 12, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"It is too simple to trace all crime to poverty or color. There is a crime problem in the suburbs as well as in the slums and the minority communities are victims of crime out of all proportion to their numbers. Criminals are not bigoted and they are not color blind; they...rob and maim and murder without reference to race, religion or neighborhood boundaries."

Ronald Reagan said this, many years ago. So while PG has a lot of problems, many of its own making, the inevitable posters who want to link crime to race are pitifully behind the times. If RR got it, forty years ago, and you STILL don't, I feel sorry for you.

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 12, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

What a vicious and violent culture.

Posted by: jab00 | January 12, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

What tf is happenning here?

Posted by: ceefer66 | January 12, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Where is Baker?

Where is Alsobrooks?

Where is the County Council?

Where is Gansler?

Where is O'Malley?

Where is Obama?

Posted by: polecatx1 | January 12, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Well, now: we have a cadaver surplus. 13 bodies by day 12. Good thing we're covered through the close of business Thursday. Don't wanna fall behind....

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | January 12, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Let me tell you where the folks you named are at...playing politics, collecting money, attending parties with lots of pretty and ugly women,slapping the mega-church preachers-simps for cash and a chance to talk at their church,eating free food and parking their cars in garages after copulation excercise.
Did somebody die in PG County send those you nameda text they too busy to speak to the voters or citzens of this here county.

Posted by: TheresaDudleyFat | January 12, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I think it's the fault of Fox News, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. Leastwise, I'm pretty sure it is.

Posted by: wjc1va | January 12, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Not all, but many, of these homicides are partially caused by the African American demographic.

Posted by: b7810 | January 12, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

To the idiot(s) citing President Obama, he does not reside in the county. Never has.

To the Washington Post: just curious why you call Price Georges County "PG County", but do not call Prince William County "PW County"?

Posted by: morrisday1 | January 13, 2011 12:27 AM | Report abuse

This is nothing new, "violent culture" yeah American culture is very violent, big news flash there. This happens all the time, usually people who get caught up in the streets are victims of its strict codes. To be fair, this happens in most cities and urban areas. Hell, it could be worse, take Juarez for example. Maybe it will get to that point.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | January 13, 2011 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Why are all these negroes killing each other? Can't the government fund some sort of program to help stop this violence? Maybe we could pass some sort of new gun laws to help stop this.

Posted by: dsanchez11 | January 13, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I have been told I shouldn't use the word "thug" because that's offensive to some members of the African-American community.

Forget about gun control. Talking about that just makes naive people feel good. We are drowning in guns in the USA. "Control" ended a long long time ago.

Criminals don't get their guns in gun stores. They get 'em on the streets. No questions asked & no background check.

"You're a paranoid schizophrenic? We don't care. We don't even know what that is. You got $125? for this gun?"

Do I cry when a black drug dealer kills another black drug dealer?


Do I cry when a white drug dealer kills a white drug dealer?


Why should I? They picked this life. No one is forcing them to do it. These men have options. They're not blind & in a wheelchair. They can work. They choose not to.

If a little black girl/boy gets killed in the crossfire of a drug dispute or gang beef then I feel bad. I don't want to see innocent people dying.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 13, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

if Marijuana was legal, there would be ten less murders.

Posted by: MarilynManson | January 13, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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