Circuit Court Division

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.

Domestic Violence

Ada Clark-Edwards, Chief
Lynn Strange, Administrative Assistant, 301-952-3147

The Domestic Violence Unit is a specialized unit that handles both misdemeanor and felony cases involving intimate partner relationships.  Intimate partner relationships are defined as individuals who are married, dating, living together, or those that have child in common.  Both attorneys and support staff are available to meet in person or by telephone to conduct interviews with victims and witnesses, discuss legal proceedings and provide information about the criminal justice system.  The Unit has dedicated Victim Advocates to help victims of domestic abuse navigate the criminal justice systems and assist them with identifying potential support services in the community.

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


E. Wesley Adams III, 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 – 15 months to complete.

Major Crimes

Carol Coderre, Chief
Shirley Burnett, Administrative Assistant, 301-780-7711

Gun and Drug Team
This team coordinates with county, state and federal narcotics and firearms investigators to identify narcotics dealers and individuals precluded from possession of firearms due to prior convictions. The members of this team also work with federal authorities to identify individuals with handgun charges who are eligible for federal prosecution.

Felony Trial Teams
These teams prosecute certain felonies such as robbery, burglary, assault and other quality of life crimes.

Motor Vehicle Manslaughter Team
This team works closely with motor vehicle accident investigators to determine whether or not vehicle accidents resulting in death meet the necessary elements to support a motor vehicle manslaughter charge and then prosecute the cases accordingly.

Sex/Child Abuse Team
This team works closely with law enforcement, Department of Social Services, and other agencies to identify sexual offenders and predators and helps protect our elderly citizens against various forms of abuse. The team also partners with the County’s school system and community to educate young people about internet sex crimes, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Special Prosecutions

Joeday Newsom, Chief
Malaika Tyler, Administrative Assistant, 301-952-2874

This unit handles a wide range of cases including allegations of police, police misconduct and economic crimes such as mortgage fraud and theft from the elderly.

Strategic Investigations

Joseph Ruddy, 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.


Alana Gayle, Chief
Johnathan Griffie, 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).

Juvenile Division

Yvonne Cunningham, Chief, 301-952-3516

The Juvenile Division files petitions against individuals under the age of 18 who are accused of committing delinquent acts (acts that would constitute crimes if committed by an adult). This unit prosecutes misdemeanor and felony cases ranging in seriousness from trespassing to homicides.


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