MURDER USA: Blades and Knives Tools of Choice in Family Feud That Ended Life of Michael Bethea

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MURDER USA: Blades and Knives Tools of Choice in Family Feud That Ended Life of Michael Bethea

CHAPTICO, MD. – There will likely be two fewer places set around the holiday picnic table for the Fourth of July following a family murder over Memorial Day – that is if the Sheriff’s Department finds the person who plunged the knife into the fellow family member.

St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that on May 26, 2019, at approximately 11:20 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 35800 block of Bay Drive in Chaptico, for the reported stabbing.

 Deputies located the victim, who was later identified as Michael Ross Bethea, 47 of Washington, D.C. suffering from a stab wound. 

Lifesaving measures were attempted by responding officers and emergency personnel, however Bethea was pronounced deceased on the scene. 

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined the victim was involved in a family dispute and was subsequently stabbed outside the residence.  The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation.  Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Skyler LeFave at (301) 475-4200 extension *1983 or by email at Skyler.LeFave@stmarysmd.com.

Mill Point Shores is a historically black community located on the Wicomico River. The Mill Point Shores community and the nearby Longview Beach both dates to the 1930s when housing was segregated and blacks weren’t allowed to buy homes in Chesapeake Bay beach communities, thus these two developments, along with others in Southern Maryland such as Eagle Harbor, were built. The customers for the waterfront communities began as summer resorts and soon began to have far more non-waterfront homes as well.  The communities continue to be largely black communities.

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