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Posted at 3:53 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Man arrested in Christmas Day killing

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

Police in Prince George's County have arrested a man who they say stabbed and killed an 84-year-old woman and wounded her granddaughter in a domestic dispute on Christmas.

Police said they located 34-year-old Elvin Rashid Murphy, of Southeast D.C., and arrested him on Jan. 6 in the District. He was being extradited Monday to Prince George's County, where he will be charged with first-degree murder in the death of 84-year-old Lillie Capers. Capers was stabbed inside a home in Hillcrest Heights early on Christmas morning, police said.

Police said they were called to an apartment in the 4400 block of 23rd Parkway at about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 25 for a reported assault. They arrived to find Capers and her 26-year-old granddaughter suffering from stab wounds. Both were transported to the hospital, where Capers later died, police said.

Cpl. Henry Tippett, a Prince George's County police spokesman, said the incident appears to have stemmed from a domestic dispute, though the exact details are unclear. He said Murphy was romantically involved with the 26-year-old.

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 10, 2011; 3:53 PM ET
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This is one of the most vicious crimes I have read about lately. A man attacks a young woman and then kills the grandmother who tried to save her granddaughter. Terribe terrible terrible.

Posted by: darrren12000 | January 10, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Something is not right with a man who finds a woman good enough to have sex with, but not good enough to marry anyway.

Posted by: PEACE4ALL2407 | January 11, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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