Circuit Court

Grand Jury

Scott Carrington, Chief

Rhonda Smith, Administrative Assistant, 301-952-3315

Every case indicted in Prince George’s County is processed through the Grand Jury Unit for presentation to the Grand Jury. Further, the Grand Jury Unit screens and prepares the majority of felony cases resulting in an arrest.

Family Violence and Special Victims

Ada Clark-Edwards, Chief

Donine Carrington, Assistant Chief

Lynn Strange, Administrative Assistant, 301-952-3147, 

This Unit was created by combining the Domestic Violence Unit and the Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Team.  In addition to the scope of cases that the Unit handles, the 11 Circuit and District Court attorneys also investigate and prosecute cases between blood relatives, married individuals, adopted children, intimate partners and former intimate partners.  This streamlined Unit improves prosecution of cases affecting families and vulnerable victims in Prince George's County.

For more information, please go to Family Crisis Center and Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV).


Joseph Ruddy, Chief

Lori Sampson, Administrative Assistant, 301-952-5542

The Homicide Unit is responsible for investigating, charging and presenting at trial all homicides that occur in the county. Further, the Unit assists Prince George’s County Police detectives with investigating all suspicious deaths by providing legal support and advice, reviewing evidence and interviewing witnesses. Homicide prosecutions are complex and emotional cases often involving expert scientific testimony and difficult legal issues and; take approximately 12 – 24 months to complete.

Major Crimes

Angela Beasley, Chief

Christine Murphy, Assistant Chief

Gloria Orme, Administrative Assistant, 301-952-3285

  • Gun and Drug Team
  • Felony Trial Teams
  • Motor Vehicle Manslaughter Team

Detailed Information on each team is provided.

Special Prosecutions

Joeday Newsom, Chief, 301-952-4495


Niecie Draper, Paralegal, 301-952-2874

This unit reviews allegations of official misconduct to include police-involved misconduct, as well as financial crimes such as mortgage fraud, theft from the elderly, embezzlement, welfare fraud and organized theft schemes.

Strategic Investigation

Dorothy Engel, Chief

Keri Borzilleri, Assistant Chief

Jean Huber, Administrative Assistant, 301-952-2868

The Strategic Investigations Unit is focused on removing violent, repeat offenders from our communities. Unfortunately, the majority of crime in our County is committed by people who have committed crimes in the past; This unit works closely with key community members to build strong cases against those who are doing the most harm to our residents and our community. The State’s Attorney routinely credits this unit with helping to greatly reduce the instances of violent crime in the county.

Post Trial Proceedings

Alana Gayle, Chief

Johnathan Griffie, Paralegal, 301-952-3675

This unit coordinate all appeals, motions for reconsideration, motions for sentence reviews and violations of probation. Post conviction relief is a general term related to appeals of criminal convictions, which may include release, new trial, modification of sentence, and such other relief as may be proper and just. These matters include, but are not limited to, post conviction proceedings (ineffective assistance of counsel claims); writs of habeas corpus proceedings, (a legal action through which a prisoner can be released from unlawful detention); and writs of coram nobis proceedings, (a legal proceeding to correct a previous error when no other remedy is available).

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