Police Make Arrest in 1992 Jefferson Memorial Murder

Marshals arrest South Carolina man

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    In Superior Court Tuesday, Lamont Terry was charged in the first homicide at the Jefferson Memorial -- the 1992 shooting death of Chet Matthews.

    D.C. Police say they cracked a 20-year-old cold case.

    On Memorial Day in 1992, Chet Hunter Matthews left his parents' house in Takoma Park to meet a woman at the Jefferson Memorial.

    Some time around 11 p.m. that evening, police arrived on the scene at the memorial and found the 27-year-old Matthews mortally wounded.  He later died of his injuries.

    Police said that following a robbery, Matthews, a father of 3, was forced to kneel on the ground.  He was shot in the chest with a shotgun, according to court papers.

    On January 20, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested 37-year-old Lamont Deshawn Terry, of Columbia, South Carolina.  He's charged with felony murder while armed in Matthews' death.

    Law enforcement transported Mathews back to the District on Monday.