Wrong man charged in December killing, county police say


Two weeks after arresting a Virginia man in a December killing in North Laurel, police acknowledged yesterday that the wrong man was charged, and they are looking for a new suspect, who they believe used the Virginia man's name as an alias.

Officials had charged Dwayne West Williams, 28, of Portsmouth with first-degree murder in the Dec. 10 death of Donald Ray Mitchell, 43, of Columbia, who was visiting friends in North Laurel. Mitchell was shot once in the chest during an argument.

During a Jan. 14 traffic stop in Portsmouth, Va., Williams was arrested after authorities discovered he was wanted on a Howard County warrant charging him with first-degree murder.

County police sent their photograph of the suspect to Portsmouth, and officials there said the photos didn't match. Williams "has a glass eye, and our guy didn't," said Sgt. Morris Carroll, Howard police spokesman.

Williams was released the next day.

Police have identified a new suspect and are planning to issue an arrest warrant, Carroll said.

The man police now say is a suspect used the name Dwayne Williams when he was arrested last year in North Carolina on a misdemeanor charge, police said.

Pub Date: 1/28/99

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