MURDER USA: Sheriff’s Posse On Prowl for Wayne Key in Homicide of Martina Lynn Patterson and Her Child; COPS NABBED KEY
THIS NEWS STORY IS BEING UPDATED HOURLY
UPDATE: Wayne Carroll Key Jr has been located and arrested.
UPDATE: The victims of the double homicide have been identified as Martina Lynn Patterson, age 37, and Lyneasha Justice Greenwell, age 6, both of Lexington Park. A warrant has been issued for Wayne Carroll Key Jr., age 42 of Great Mills for the following charges:
Murder First Degree (two counts)
Murder Second Degree (two counts)
Assault First Degree (two counts)
Assault Second Degree (two counts)
LEXINGTON PARK, MD. – St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that his agency is scouring the area for a person of interest in the homicide of two people.
Detectives are conducting a double homicide investigation in the 46800 block of Rogers Drive in Lexington Park, a run-down community across from the Lexington Park Library, involving an adult victim and a child victim.
SHERIFF TIM CAMERON ISSUED THIS NOTICE JUST HOURS BEFORE POSTING THE LOOKOUT FOR WAYNE KEY IN THE DOUBLE MURDER CASE.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office seeks public assistance in locating or by providing information to the whereabouts of Martina Lynn Patterson, F-B-11/24/84. She may have her daughter Lyneasha Justice Greenwell, F-W-12/30/14 with her. Last known location is Lexington Park, MD. If you see Martina or Lyneasha please contact the Sheriff’s Office.
POLICE NOW SURE WHO THE VICTIMS ARE
Sheriff Cameron says that as of Wednesday at 8 pm, November 24, 2021, the victims have not been positively identified. That changed on Thanksgiving Day just before noon when Sheriff Cameron issued a report that warrants for First Degree Murder have been issued against Wayne Carroll Key Jr., 42, (DOB 5/25/1979) of 45886 Chancellors Run Road, Great Mills, Md.
Cameron say that Key has been developed as the suspect in this case. Key is also wanted on prior warrants for burglary, assault, harassment, child support, and is being sought for questioning in this homicide investigation. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wayne Carroll Key Jr., is asked to contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.
St. Mary’s County Circuit Court records show that Key’s bond of $2,500 posted for a criminal case was declared forfeited on October 28, 2021. On October 14, 2021, Key was charged by the St. Mary’s County States Attorney with a misdemeanor involving a witness. A warrant for his arrest for harassment for an incident that took place between August 3rd and August 21, 2021. A petitioner went to the St. Mary’s Circuit Court on May 19, 2021, to order Key to stay away, not abuse, not contact or enter the residence of the person. On May 26, 2021, the petitioner filed a request for the dismissal of the stay-away order in the domestic violence case.
St. Mary’s Sheriff Deputy Robert Chase arrested Key on February 22, 2021, and charged him with theft. A bench warrant was issued on July 29, 2021, for failing to appear in court.
Deputy John Fenwick arrested Key on February 14, 2021, on two counts of second-degree assault in St. Mary’s District Court. A fantasyland District Court Commissioner released Key on no bail required on September 2, 2021.
Peace Order Issued in 2020
On May 2, 2020, a St. Mary’s District Court Judge issued a stay-away order against Wayne Carroll Key when a petitioner sought protection from him. The court ordered Key to not abuse, contact, enter the home or place of employment of the victim. The order was ruled final on November 9, 2020.
Martina Patterson arrested on assault charges
The St. Mary’s States Attorney filed a criminal statement of charges of second-degree assault on September 23, 2021, against Martina Patterson, of Rogers Drive, in Lexington Park. The complainant was listed as Latera Webb. A preliminary hearing was set for November 21, 2021, and was canceled due to the Sheriff failing to serve the notice of charges. A new hearing is set for January 7, 2022, which will be canceled if it is learned that Patterson is the victim of murder.
A domestic violence complaint was filed against Martina Patterson on December 6, 2020, and was valid through December 14, 2020, at which time the order issued by the court was dismissed due to the petitioner failing to appear, according to court records.