Police Make Arrest in 1992 Jefferson Memorial Murder

Marshals arrest South Carolina man

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012  |  Updated 9:08 AM EDT
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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.

Pat Collins

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

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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.

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