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Accused ‘serial killer’ convicted in burglaries, home invasions

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

An Upper Marlboro man dubbed a "serial killer" by police was convicted Monday by a federal jury of 11 felony charges related to a series of crimes committed in the course of 50 burglaries and nine home invasions.

Jason Thomas Scott, 28, was convicted of charges including carjacking, production of child pornography, theft of firearms and related gun charges and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 97 years in federal prison. He is to be sentenced in October. In November, he will return to Prince George's County to face murder charges. Scott is charged in the deaths of Delores Dewitt, 42, and her 20-year-old daughter Ebony, whose bodies were discovered in March 2009 in a burning car in Largo.

Scott is also a suspect in another mother-daughter slaying which involved Karen Lofton, 45, and her 16-year-old daughter, Karissa, who were found shot in their home in January 2009. A third case in which Scott is a suspect was the slaying of Vilma Butler, who was found shot in her Bowie home in June 2008 after the house was set ablaze.

Charges have not been filed against Scott in either of those cases, though Prince George's County police confirmed after Scott was arrested in June 2009 on firearms charges that he was a suspect.

Prosecutors said Scott worked meticulously to select the homes he burglarized and prepare for the crime. He observed the targeted homes to assess the number of occupants and the vehicles present, utilized internet searches and a database at the Landover UPS facility where he worked, cut phone lines to disable alarm systems, and gained entry through unlocked windows or by smashing glass windows and doors.

Inside the homes he used a scanner with an earpiece to monitor police communications and carried a handgun in a holster.

In one particular incident, Scott broke into a Fort Washington home and held a 12-year-old girl hostage until her family returned. He then forced the girl's 17-year-old sister into a bedroom, made her take off her clothes, cover her head with a pillowcase and videotaped as he touched her.

Two accomplices, Marcus Dermanellian Hunter and Terence Alexander Cooke, testified against Scott during this three-week trial and have both pleaded guilty to related crimes, prosecutors said.

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