On June 22 at 2:17 p.m.,officers responded to the 2700 block of Marlette Place in Waldorf for a possible death investigation after a witness told officers the suspect may have killed his roommate. When officers arrived, they found the body of an adult male; he was deceased. The cause of death was not immediately clear.

The man’s body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy later revealed the victim had been strangled; the manner of death was ruled a homicide. The victim was subsequently identified as Jose Eliseo Pena-Lemus, 27, of Waldorf.

The suspect, Moises Morales-Hernandez, 40, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is being held at the Charles County Detention Center with no bond. Det. J. Long is investigating.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...