MURDER USA: MAN DEAD, SHOT IN HEAD:  Raymond Woods Jr Found Deceased on Couch; Two Charged with Homicide; Keystone Cops Saga in St. Mary’s Continues Growth in Violent Crime

MURDER USA: MAN DEAD, SHOT IN HEAD:  Raymond Woods Jr Found Deceased on Couch; Two Charged with Homicide; Keystone Cops Saga in St. Mary’s Continues Growth in Violent Crime

By Ken Rossignol


News and Commentary

MECHANICSVILLE, MD.  The consumption of drugs by generations of Southern Maryland residents over the last fifty years continues to lead to death, mayhem, and tragedy. As the yahoos of the Maryland General Assembly continue to embrace decriminalization of drugs and fat cats line up to invest in drug factories across Maryland, the state finally has an economic engine sure to be supported by an ever-increasing population of dopeheads willing to rob and kill to feed their additions.

The challenges to the populace wishing to live in peace, not to be carjacked when stopping at a local convenience store, as took place recently at the Wawa in California, or witnessing a murder as took place at the Sheetz in Great Mills or grabbing their children and running from an onslaught of gunfire at the Hollywood Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival as a gang murder took place in July of 2022, are real.

The police bureaucracy in St. Mary’s County centers around a Good Old Boys Club of Keystone Cops that have kept an ironclad grip of control on the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department for the past forty years with only interloper breaking up the gang of deputy fun being the late Sheriff Wayne Pettit retired from the Maryland State Police and who won the first of three terms in 1982.

Highway fatalities in St. Mary’s County mirror the lack of traffic enforcement and the declining numbers of DUI arrests, while the motorcycles of the Sheriff’s Department are principally used for funerals and parades instead of passing out citations to red-light runners and speeders on Rt. 235.

The apparent long-range plan of the St. Mary’s Commissioners and the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department is to continue to build buildings to fight crime instead of building bridges in the community.

Named as St. Mary’s Sheriff District 3 Station, this building is not open to the public but houses detectives. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

The St. Mary’s Commissioners removed the tourist information center from the gateway to the county at Charlotte Hall and turned the impressive building over to the Sheriff for a District Station where there are rarely any cops present. The Commissioners provided a new six million dollar building on Great Mills Road which was immediately greeted with murder in the parking lot across the street, and when onlookers ran to the Sheriff’s station for help, there was no answer at the door. 


The commissioners bought an office building that had been vacant for six years to provide space for detectives who apparently do most of their investigations in a large building instead of the expanses of the community.  Located behind the District 3 Station in California near the BJ’s is a parking lot where the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab parks six of the Forensics division rolling stock – five large transit vans and one SUV.


 If all of the Crime Lab trucks were to roll at the same time on the next murder at a convenience store or carnival, a deputy would have to be assigned just to direct the traffic of the crime lab vans.  As the St. Mary’s Commissioners just passed a new tax hike, an interesting event for an all-Republican Board of Commissioners, the capital improvement plan calls for a new $26 million dollar headquarters in Leonardtown – all the better to let more favored princes and princesses of the High Sheriff pretend to be law officers in their pompous and elaborately decorated suites in the new headquarters.


St. Mary’s County Convict Sheriff Steve Hall reports that on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 5:28 am, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived at apartment #1 at 29025 Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville for the report of a male suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Patrol officers arrived and located the victim, Raymond Franklin Woods Jr., 54, of Mechanicsville, deceased on a couch.

Raymond Woods Jr.


Detectives with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Division continued the investigation, along with the Crime Lab Unit and a forensic investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The gunshot wound was determined to be a homicide, say police.

As a result of the investigation, Marvin Orlando Johnson, 38 (12/14/1984) of 29025 Three Notice Road, Apt. #1, Mechanicsville, was charged with First-Degree Murder, Second-Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence, First-Degree Assault, and Second-Degree Assault.

Additionally, Marlee Lynn Stokes, 37, of Charlotte Hall, was charged with First-Degree Murder: Accessory After the Fact and Second-Degree Murder: Accessory After the Fact.

Marlee Lynn Stokes, 37 (DOB 10/24/1985), of 8555 Trinity Church Road, Charlotte Hall, Maryland, was charged by St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department Deputy K. Marsch and Deputy Andrew Burgess with accessory after the fact, first and second-degree murder. St. Mary’s District Court Judge Christy Holt Chesser, on May 25, 2023, ordered Stokes to be held in jail with no bond allowed pending a preliminary hearing on June 23, 2023.  The taxpayers of Maryland will be overjoyed to know that they are providing a free attorney for Stokes.

Stokes was charged by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department Deputy M. Myers with driving without a driver’s permit when she was stopped on Md. Rt. 238 and Rt. 242 on Nov. 21, 2021, while operating a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser.  St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz put the charge on the Stet Docket with no fine and no time on August 5, 2022.

The place of residence for Marlee Stokes is owned by Peggy and Robert Stokes, which they purchased in 1987 when Marlee Stokes was two years old.

District Court Judge Christy Holt Chesser ordered Johnson without bail in the St. Mary’s County Jail on May 26, 2023.  Johnson has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 23, 2023.

The Charles County Circuit Court Grand Jury indicted Marvin Orlando Johnson on March 11, 2005, with one count of first-degree assault. In a statement of charges filed in the District Court of Charles County on February 23, 2005, Charles County Sheriff’s Department Officer charged Johnson with several counts of armed robbery and assault for an incident that occurred on February 20, 2005.

Marvin Orlando Johnson entered a plea of Nolo Contendre, in which the defendant admits the prosecution has enough evidence to lead to a conviction, to an indictment of first-degree assault in Charles County Circuit Court on February 23, 2005, in a plea deal with Charles County States Attorney Tony Covington. The plea deal resulted in a jail sentence of eighteen months with all but five months and seven days suspended.

Marvin Orlando Johnson expanded his criminal resume in 2008 when he was charged with arson, making arson threats, and associated criminal acts.  Prince George’s States Attorney Glen F. Ivey (now a U. S. Congressman) agreed to a plea deal with Johnson in an appearance before Circuit Court Judge Graydon McKee on March 27, 2009.  THE DEAL: in exchange for guilty pleas to misdemeanor arson threats and reckless endangerment, Johnson was sentenced to three years for arson threats and five years suspended to two years for reckless endangerment.

  • WARRANT SERVED: 09/20/21- Marvin Orlando Johnson, 36 of Mechanicsville- Assault 1st Degree by Dep. Myers.
  • DWI ARREST: 12/14/20- Marvin Orlando Johnson, age 36 of Capitol Heights- Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving While Impaired by Dep. Graves

HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL / So, who’s driving this daggone car with both occupants passed out on drugs?

CHARLOTTE HALL, MD. – As the hit parade of pills, pot, and hard-core drugs, including heroin, firmly take hold among the dumb and the desperate – intent on one thing – a cheap high, law officers are increasingly finding the near-dead passed out from overdoses in vehicles.

St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that on December 31, 2017, Dep. Edwards observed a parked vehicle near the McDonald’s, in Charlotte Hall, with the occupants slumped over inside the vehicle.

While Dep. Edwards was checking their welfare, she observed a glass jar containing suspected marijuana under the operator, Marlee Lynn Stokes’ left leg.  A passenger in the vehicle, Robert Gary Lyon Jr., 35, of 23544 Hurry Road, Clements, Md., was observed to have a syringe cap on his person and three syringes under the seat where he was sitting. Stokes was removed from the car when it was discovered she had numerous prescription pills on her person in a plastic container and a metal tin.


The Sheriff says the deputy also discovered cut-up drinking straws containing a white powdery residue.  Marlee Lynn Stokes, 32, of 25445 Budds Creek Road, Clements, Md., was charged with CDS: Possession Not Marijuana, and CDS: Possession Paraphernalia.  Lyon Jr. was charged with CDS: Possession.  After he was booked and released through the revolving door of the District Court Commissioners, Lyon filed for a free taxpayer-provided public defender. Lyon faced a St. Mary’s District Court trial on Feb. 15, 2018, and entered a guilty plea on June 6, 2018, with to possession of drug paraphernalia in a plea deal.



December was a busy month for Robert Gary Lyon Jr as St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department Deputy Daniel Holdsworth charged Lyon with DWI drugs when he stopped him on December 1, 2018, at a location on Point Lookout Road in Loveville, Maryland, as he operated a 1995 Jeep. As part of a plea deal on February 27, 2019, with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz, Lyon entered a guilty plea to DWI drugs in District Court. THE DEAL: Lyon was sentenced to sixty days in jail with all but ten days suspended. Lyon was also put on probation for three years and, according to court records, moved from Clements to Berlin, Pa.

On Jan. 2, 2018, Lyon was arrested by Maryland State Police Trooper Christopher DiToto for driving without a license while northbound on Rt. 235 at Jones Wharf Road in a 1992 Nissan. Lyon was also cited for driving while suspended and failing to attend the driver improvement program.

Lyon was the complainant against Amanda Dawn Mileto in Anne Arundel Circuit Court.

Mileto was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison with all of the sentence suspended to time she served while awaiting trial.  On February 26, 2017, Mileto set up a GoFundMe to raise money for herself for the stated purpose of going back to college to make her late father proud.

“As some of you may know, my father passed away the day of my senior high school prom. After graduating, I went to college, but with all things going on and the problems I was having with coping with his death, I decided to drop out and focus more on bettering myself and making sure I wouldn’t make the same mistakes he did (not to sound harsh). He never finished college, and I’d love nothing more than to finish my schooling and make him and my family and myself proud and build a life for myself I know he would want me to have.”

Amanda Dawn Mileto set a goal of $1,000 and raised $6,495 in thirty-three donations.

On Nov. 6, 2022, at approximately 4:53 p.m., Cambridge Police Department officers were on foot at Walmart when Walmart Asset Protection officers of a theft notified them. CPD officers were informed that the suspect, a 29-year-old Cambridge woman, was observed on CCTV switching tags on items. She had previously been banned from Walmart.

Amanda Dawn Mileto was contacted and issued a criminal citation and released on her signature on the following charge: Theft less than $100 value.

From the Wayne, New Jersey Patch

Cops: Woman Used Heroin In Municipal Court Bathroom

Amanda Mileto, 21, was at Wayne Municipal Court when she left to use the bathroom, police said.

A Wayne woman was arrested after she allegedly used heroin in the women’s bathroom in Town Hall while there for municipal court, police said.

Amanda Mileto, 21, was at the Wayne Municipal Court when police recognized her as having a warrant out for her arrest for violating her probation, said Capt. Laurence Martin.

Mileto exited the courtroom, used the women’s bathroom, and passed through the court security station where authorities discovered she had a needle and four empty glassine folds containing suspected heroin on her, Martin said.


Stokes might be heading towards her own curriculum in the Driver Improvement Program after she was cited by Maryland State Trooper J. Oles on Jan. 7, 2018, at 10:21 pm Rt. 231 with multiple traffic tickets for negligent driving in a careless and imprudent manner, endangering property, life, and person in a 2005 Honda Civic.

Calvert County States Attorney Laura Martin provided an easy plea deal for heroin junky Marlee Lynn Stokes on August 29, 2018, when Stokes entered a guilty plea to charges of possession of heroin. THE DEAL: a sentence of 90 days in the slammer was suspended so as not to interfere with Stokes’s career of being a druggie in Southern Maryland. Stokes was arrested on February 5, 2018, by Maryland State Trooper T. Davis.

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