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Posted on: March 4, 2019

State's Attorney Statement Regarding the Release of Matthew Bethea

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Prince George's County State's Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy's Statement Regarding the Release of Matthew Bethea

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy released the following statement regarding the release of Matthew Bethea, who, in 2010, was convicted of the second degree murder of 14-year-old Nia Owens in 1996:  

"I understand that Ms. Wood is outraged that Matthew Bethea is being released.  I am disappointed as well. In October 2016, a hearing was held for Mr. Bethea in which he was denied parole.  Mr. Bethea is now being released, by law, as a result of diminution credits that he accrued. Therefore, the Office of the State’s Attorney could not prevent his release.  

There was a second DNA sample found on the victim which was analyzed and placed in CODIS (national database). Law enforcement will monitor the database.  If a match is found, our Office will assist in the investigation and determine the next steps. 

For information on the parole and credit accrual process, contact the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services."


For more information, contact:
Denise Roberts
Communications Director
Office of the State’s Attorney, Prince George’s County
240-832-4970 cell or 301-952-2848 office

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