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Man arrested, charged with murder in death of Westminster man

State police said Saturday that David M. Montgomery, 28, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree murder in connection with the death of a man in Westminster this morning.

Edward C. Zepp, 61, of the 100 block of West Main Street, Westminster, was found dead on the back porch of his residence early Saturday morning.

Shortly after 4 a.m. Jan. 5, Westminster Police responded to a 911 call reporting an assault at the address. Police said they found Zepp on the back porch of his residence with trauma to his neck.  Medics pronounced him dead.

Later in the day, state police said the suspect was found by Anne Arundel County Police officers after noon in a convenience store parking lot in the 4000 block of Ritchie Highway — operating a van that belonged to Zepp.

Anne Arundel police had received calls reporting a van being operated erratically, and when officers responded, they found the suspect in the parking lot with the van. Officers took the suspect into custody and contacted state police.

Police said additional information regarding the suspect’s identification — and charges — will be provided when it becomes available.

Police said their preliminary investigation indicated that Zepp lived alone in a downstairs apartment of a two-story home.  Just after 4 a.m., noises were heard from his apartment, and residents found him injured, and lying on the porch outside his back door.

The wooden entry door at the back of the apartment appeared to have been damaged, police said.

Police later said Montgomery apparently was a roommate of Zepp's for about a year from 2011 to 2012. Montgomery moved out of Zepp’s apartment this past summer, and had lived at various locations since then, police said.

Late Saturday, Montgomery was taken to the Carroll County Central Booking Center where he was awaiting an appearance before a court commissioner.

Zepp’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to determine a cause and manner of death. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call police at  either 410-386-3000 or 410-848-4646. Callers may remain anonymous.

This story has been updated.

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