Jury selection began Monday for the trial of a former UPS worker charged with killing a mother and her daughter. News4's Chris Gordon reports.
Jury selection began Monday for the trial of a former UPS worker charged with killing a mother and her daughter.
Jason Thomas Scott of Upper Marlboro, Md., faces two counts of first-degree murder in the March 2009 deaths of nurse Delores Dewitt and her 20-year-old daughter, Ebony, a student.
Their bodies were found in a burning car in Largo, Md.
Ebony's father, Craig McDonald, was at jury selection Monday after working overnight and driving down from Baltimore. He told News4's Chris Gordon that he'd like to see Scott receive the death penalty.
"I really want to find out what happened to my daughter and put closure to it," McDonald said.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is working to repeal capital punishment in the state -- but Scott has already been sentenced to 100 years in prison for crimes committed during more than 50 burglaries and nine armed home invasion robberies.
Among his convictions: Armed carjacking, producing child pornography, sexually assaulting a minor and stealing firearms.
"Hands down [he's] one of the most dangerous people I've ever come across, because he's not committing these crimes for money," ATF Agent David Chetlak said when Scott was setenced in January 2012. "He's not committing these crimes as part of a gang initiation or any type of criminal enterprise," Chetlak said. "He was just a sociopath who basically ... was excited about committing these acts."
Prosecutors say Scott used a database at the UPS facility where he worked to target homes. He was arrested after someone told agents that Scott was selling weapons out of the trunk of his car.
Police also believe Scott may be linked to the killings of three other people, including another Prince George's County nurse and her daughter. Forty-five-year-old Karen Lofton and here 16-year-old daughter Karissa were found shot to death inside their locked home in January 2009.
However, Scott has not been charged in that case.
His trial in the deaths of the Dewits is scheduled to begin Feb. 19. It is expected to take about a month.