WASHINGTON — A Maryland man is charged with first- and second-degree murder, after Prince George’s County police say he killed his stepfather in Bowie, Maryland, and posted pictures of the victim on social media over the weekend.
According to online court documents, Navar Terrance Beverly, 39, of Bowie is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in the death of Ronald Pinkney, who police found dead in a garage Saturday morning.
Photos of a man presumed to be Beverly lying next to his stepfather’s dead body were seen on Twitter early Saturday, and have since been removed from the social media site.
“I will not confirm that those were legitimate photos … but what we’re seeing in terms of conduct, in terms of social media, it’s disturbing,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said.
Authorities were alerted of the murder Saturday morning when a caller told 911 operators, “Son had killed my husband,” according to police documents.
Police responded to 15100 Dalby Court at about 8 a.m., where they discovered Pinkney’s body with trauma to the upper body.
After police spotted Beverly in a car near Hampton Mall Shopping Center, police began a chase that led from Capitol Heights, Maryland, back to Bowie. The chase ended near the 1000 block of Dodson Court when police caught Beverly, who got out of the car and ran, according Prince George’s County police.
Officials said Beverly has a history of domestic disputes, and Bowie City Police had responded about two months earlier during an altercation between Beverly and Pinkney.
In that case, police said Beverly had Pinkney in a choke hold until a witness intervened.
A neighbor also told WTOP about an apparent pattern of domestic disputes that resulted in police being called.
“I heard months ago that the son — the stepson, I’m gathering — pulled a gun out on [Pinkney],” said Rhonda Billingsly. “And I said I couldn’t believe it, because Ron isn’t that kind of a person, that you would pull a gun out on him.”
Beverly’s preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 2 in Upper Marlboro.
WTOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report.
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