MURDER USA The Case of the Deadly Roommate
– Waldorf rings the bell for another homicide
WALDORF, MD. – Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry reports that a suspect has been charged with the slaying of his roommate. Police say that on June 22, 2018, at 2:17 p.m., officers responded to the 2700 block of Marlette Place in Waldorf for a possible death investigation after a witness told officers the suspect may have killed his roommate.
When officers arrived, they found the body of an adult male and confirmed that he was deceased.
As the cause of death was not immediately clear and all unattended deaths are routinely shipped off to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore; an autopsy later revealed the victim had been strangled; the manner of death has been ruled a homicide.
The victim was subsequently identified as Jose Eliseo Pena-Lemus, 27, of Waldorf. The suspect, Moises Morales-Hernandez, 40, of 2733 Marlette Place, Waldorf, Md., was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is being held at the Charles County Detention Center with no bond. Det. J. Long is investigating. A public defender will be assigned to represent him in future hearings.