Suspect in Dorchester double homicide found dead in jail

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Posted 2/9/22

CAMBRIDGE – A man being held in connection with a double homicide on Jan. 25 is dead.

On Feb. 5, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Dorchester County …

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Suspect in Dorchester double homicide found dead in jail

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CAMBRIDGE – A man being held in connection with a double homicide on Jan. 25 is dead.

On Feb. 5, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Dorchester County Detention Center for an unresponsive inmate. Upon arrival, deputies were advised that 35-year-old Charles William Jones III had been found unresponsive in his cell, a statement from the Dorchester Office of the Sheriff said on Monday.

The Detention Center and Dorchester E.M.S. staff immediately attempted to revive the victim with negative results. The victim was transported to Baltimore for an autopsy.

Maryland State Police announced Feb. 3 that Jones had been arrested in connection with a Jan. 25 double homicide on Park Lane in Cambridge. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. He was arrested Feb. 2 in front of his home in Vienna without incident. He was being held without bond.

The deceased were identified as Cleon George Mullings, 35, of Easton and Kelvin Levert Wiggins, 42, of Cambridge. Both men were pronounced deceased on the scene by emergency medical service personnel. An autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore confirmed their cause of death as blunt force trauma and their manner of death as homicide. 

During the investigation, police were able to develop information and evidence that identified the suspect as Jones. Investigators believe Jones and the two victims knew each other, a statement from the state police said.

When Jones was arrested at his home, he was observed burning items in the back yard, state police said. A motive for the murder remains under investigation, the MSP said in their Feb. 3 announcement.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and State’s Attorney’s Office are conducting the investigation into Jones’ death.