Double Homicide Under Investigation in Laurel

Two found dead in the 9600 block of Muirkirk Road

Friday, May 3, 2013  |  Updated 7:17 AM EDT
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James Vell Ferguson and Tina Towler were apparently stabbed to death in their apartment, a police source said. Their bodies were found Thursday morning.

Shomari Stone

James Vell Ferguson and Tina Towler were apparently stabbed to death in their apartment, a police source said. Their bodies were found Thursday morning.

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Double Homicide Under Investigation in Laurel

Authorities are conducting a double homicide investigation after two people were found dead in Laurel Thursday morning. News4's Mark Segraves reports.
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Authorities are conducting a double homicide investigation after two people were found dead in Laurel Thursday morning.

James Vell Ferguson, 42, and Tina Towler, 45, suffered multiple injuries to their upper bodies, News4's Mark Segraves reported. They appear to have been stabbed to death, a police source said.

Ferguson and Towler were a couple who lived together in an apartment in the 9600 block of Muikirk Road with Towler's 25-year-old daughter, who is described as a grown child who is paraplegic and can barely communicate, Segraves reported. She was found unharmed and transported to an area hospital out of an abundance of caution, authorities said.

A caregiver for the daughter found the couple's bodies when she entered the apartment about 8:15 a.m.

Neighbors reported hearing loud voices at approximately 5 a.m.

A neighbor who asked not to be idenfiied told News4's Shomari Stone he'd driven Ferguson to a grocery store and an ATM Wednesday night. When asked if Ferguson had said anything was wrong in his life, the neighbor said, "No, no, not at all."

"He was loving, caring, fun to be around," said one of Ferguson's sisters.

Police said they have been called to the home three times in the past few months -- once when the mother was reported missing, again when she returned the next day, and a third time when the 911 caller hung up in March.

Detectives are working to establish a suspect or suspects and a motive.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS, text, “PGPD" plus a message to CRIMES (274637) or go to www.pgpolice.org and submit a tip online.

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