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OFFICIALS: Maryland murder suspects found and arrested in Delaware.


Two Maryland murder fugitives were arrested by Delaware State Police on Wednesday morning at a Newark area apartment complex after they received information from a Maryland law enforcement agency on their whereabouts.

NEWARK (DE): Larence R. Godfrey, 36, and Michelle L. Godfrey, 41, both of Washington D.C., both, out of state fugitives were arrested Saturday morning and charged with first degree murder from Prince George’s County, Maryland.

According to Michael Austin, spokesman for the Delaware State Police, “Delaware State Police homicide detectives were contacted by the Prince Georges County (MD) Police Department, in regards to the Godfrey’s, who were wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred in their jurisdiction on Friday, December 28, 2018. Information obtained during the course of their investigation determined that the suspect’s had fled to Delaware in an orange, Chevrolet HHR with Maryland tags, and were possibly in the Glasgow area of Newark.”

At approximately 2:10 p.m., Detectives from the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit assisted by the Troop 2 Drug Unit and Governor’s Task Force, located the suspect vehicle at an apartment complex on Four Seasons Parkway in the area of S. College Avenue (DE Rt. 896), Newark. After Detectives were able to confirm that the occupants of the vehicle matched the descriptions of the Godfrey’s. A traffic stop was then conducted by members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT), resulting in both suspects being taken in to custody without incident.

Larence Godfrey was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution and Michelle Godfrey to the Dolores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, both on fugitive warrants, pending their extradition back to Maryland.

According to Maryland authorities, On December 28th, at approximately 11:35 am, patrol officers were called to a home in the 200 block of 68th Place for the report of a shooting. 31-year-old Eric Smith Jr., of Seat Pleasant, was found with gunshot wounds outside a home in the 200 block of 68th Place and later died. Police said they believe he was likely shot as part of an ongoing dispute between him and suspect Larence Godfrey Jr., 36, of D.C. Godfrey and the second suspect, 41-year-old Michelle Godfrey, fled after the shooting.

The Associated Press reports that Larence Godfrey was previously arrested in 2014 after police said he escaped a minimum-security prison for several hours.

Story highlights

  • Maryland Murder suspects arrested in Delaware.
  • Homicide likely the result of an ongoing dispute with suspects..
  • Suspect previously arrested after prison escape.

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