Murder charge in domestic case
A man thought to have attacked and killed another man in an apparent case of domestic violence was charged with first-degree murder over the weekend, according to authorities and law enforcement sources.
Joseph L. Wills, 19, of District Heights, was arrested Saturday in the slaying of John Leonard Lawhorn Jr., 42, of Clinton, authorities said. Lawhorn's body was found Nov. 4 in a vacant residence in the 7400 block of Marlboro Pike, authorities had said.
Law enforcement sources said Wills and Lawhorn were romantically involved, and the case was apparently one of domestic violence. Lawhorn, sources said, was beaten to death by Wills -- who was not openly gay. Police characterized the incident as "domestic related" in a news release, but a spokesman could offer no details about the nature of the men's relationship.
| November 16, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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