Capitol Heights Man Charged in Roommate's Death

Landlord: Dispute over rent money likely prompted beating death

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013  |  Updated 9:27 AM EDT
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News4's Shomari Stone speaks exclusively to the landlord of a Capitol Heights man who police say was killed in a dispute over rent

Shomari Stone

News4's Shomari Stone speaks exclusively to the landlord of a Capitol Heights man who police say was killed in a dispute over rent

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Prince George's County Police have charged a Capitol Heights man with the murder of his roommate in a dispute over rent money.

Luke Osei-Kwame, 62, is charged with the first-degree murder and related charges in the death of 59-year-old Anthony Taylor, a criminal justice professor at Westwood College in Arlington.

Investigators say that Osei-Kwame assaulted and beat Taylor with a large wooden club on the evening of March 18 following a dispute over rent money. Taylor died of his injuries at a local hospital two days later.

On Monday, William Kyle, the landlord of the home where the men lived in the 1100 block of Adeline Way, spoke exclusively to News4's Shomari Stone. According to Kyle, the men "argued on and off about things going on in the house..."

Kyle told News4: "It's like a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is that you got rid of [Osei-Kwame], but the bad thing is, you got rid of an outstanding person."

Prince George's Police are continuing to investigate the case, and anyone with information is asked to call (301) 772-4925 or 1-866-411-8477.

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