- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A 34-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his mother and half-brother, who were found fatally shot in their Fort Washington home Aug. 4, Prince George’s County police said.

Quindell Mercer, of no fixed address, was arrested late Monday night at a District Heights apartment complex, police said Wednesday. As police closed in, he was seen tossing a bag out the window of the apartment, police spokesman Cpl. Evan Baxter said. Inside the bag, police found four guns, including a .45-caliber Desert Eagle handgun, which was matched through ballistics tests to the gun used to kill Patricia Mercer Harris, 56, and Frank Lamar Harris, 20.

The mother and son were shot multiple times inside their Fort Washington home, in the 11800 block of Hickory Drive, police said. The husband and father of the two found them when he returned home from work late that evening.

Police said there was no forced entry to the home.

Mr. Mercer has had several prior run ins with the law and was wanted on unrelated outstanding assault warrants in North Carolina when he was arrested Monday.

In Prince George’s County he was sentenced, at age 20, to five years in prison for an assault involving a gun, according to online court records. After that he faced a variety of criminal charges ranging from attempted first-degree murder to possession of an assault pistol. He was convicted once in 2005 of carrying a handgun but on all other charges he was either found not guilty or was acquitted.

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