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District of Maryland

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

District Heights Man Indicted for Second Degree Murder Arising from Baltimore-Washington Parkway Fatal Car Crash

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Anthony Lamont Payne, age 27, of District Heights, Maryland, today on charges of second degree murder arising from a fatal car crash.  The indictment was returned yesterday and unsealed today upon his arrest.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Chief of Police Robert D. MacLean of the U.S. Park Police.   

The one count indictment alleges that Payne killed the victim on March 20, 2015.  The charge arises from a fatal car crash on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Payne faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.  An initial appearance was held at 4:00 p.m. today in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.  Payne was detained under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services, pending a detention hearing to be held on April 30, 2015 at 12:30 p.m.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the U.S. Park Police for its work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Hollis Raphael Weisman and Special Assistant United States Attorney Conor Mulroe, who are prosecuting the case.

Updated April 28, 2015