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Slain principal was still alive late Wednesday

Montgomery County detectives putting together a time-line of slain principal Brian Betts's final hours have learned he was still alive at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, a police spokesman confirmed Monday.

Betts didn't go to work the next day. Co-workers became concerned and eventually went to check on him. One was able to get inside his front door, and called police, who discovered the body about 7:40 p.m. Thursday inside the Silver Spring house. He was clothed, inside a bedroom with at least one gunshot wound, according to authorities.

Police on Monday also released new details about the discovery of Betts’s Nissan Xterra SUV, which was missing from his home when he was found Thursday night.

A citizen called police on Saturday to report seeing the vehicle parked in Southeast D.C., about 14 miles from Betts’s house. Police believe the car was left there sometime between noon and 3 p.m. on Friday. Detectives also have spoken to a witness who told them he saw two people exiting the Xterra after it had been parked, Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman, said Monday.

It’s unclear how solid the witness is. And if what he says is true, detectives will have to figure out if the two men were at Betts’s house, or if they came to possess the Xterra from someone who was.

Betts was a well-regarded principal at Shaw Middle School in D.C.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  April 19, 2010; 3:04 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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No innocent law abiding citizen should be brutally murdered like this. I hope they find the "savages" that killed this man. We are truly living in the last days on earth with such hate, violence, and corruption.

Posted by: DaddyGraceFishSandwich | April 19, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I can totally agree with your first two sentences, 'DaddyGraceFishSandwich'.

However, when you start throwing around YOUR religion as you did in the third sentence, you start to lose a lot of credibility.

I'm sure many Semitic people (aka Jews) thought there was a lot of 'hate, violence, and corruption' in Germany and German-controlled countries in the latter 1930s into the mid-1940s. I'm sure many Christians thought that there was a lot of 'hate, violence, and corruption' in Rome in the first, second and third centuries AD.

In fact, I'd bet there was much more 'hate, violence, and corruption' in those two eras than there is now, especially when you consider that it was controlled and directed from the top of the governmental leadership.

Posted by: critter69 | April 19, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Well then lets get rid of NOBAMA, then maybe we all can get jobs!!!

Posted by: FrankMonzon | April 19, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

It's always a tragedy when someone is killed needlessly by violence...but let's not put one person's death any more importantly than another...

The community lost a good man but no more importantly than the 4 killed in the drive by shooting...who knows what potential those youths had...just because they were black and killed doesn't mean they didn't have promising futures though many have posted that they were just 4 more black kids like so many...

Maybe they were 4 more killed but they were special to their families just as the principal was...Let's feel pain for ALL victims of violence....

Posted by: pentagon40 | April 21, 2010 4:50 AM | Report abuse

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