Charles Co.: Murder/Suicide in White Plains; Homicide in Indian Head

LA PLATA, Md. (February 16, 2011)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following reports regarding a murder/suicide in White Plains and a homicide in Indian Head.

Robert Hector Becker, shown above, murdered Christopher Hoefert at an intersection in White Plains on Feb. 15, then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide, according to police. Hoefert was a teacher at North Point High School in Waldorf. Becker has numerous cases against him reported in the Md. Judiciary Database including charges for burglary, theft, unlawful taking of a vehicle, and several traffic violations. (File Arrest Photo)
MURDER/SUICIDE: On February 15 at 3:30 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Middletown Road and Billingsley Road in White Plains for the report of a shooting. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim, Christopher Hoefert, 24, of La Plata, was in his car and stopped at a four-way intersection when the suspect, Robert Hector Becker, 22, of La Plata, drove up along side him, cut him off and prevented the victim from driving forward. Becker got out of his vehicle, approached Hoefert and fired shots into the car, striking Hoefert twice. Becker then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Hoefert was flown to Prince George's Hospital Center where he died a short time later. Becker was pronounced dead on the scene. At this time, investigators are looking into the possibility the suspect shot the victim because of an on-going auto theft investigation in which both men appeared to be involved. The investigation is continuing.

Latronda Marie Jackson has been charged with the first-degree murder of Eric Lamont Washington in Indian Head on Feb. 13. (Arrest photo)
WOMAN CHARGED IN HOMICIDE: On February 13 at 3:31 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to 4125 Indian Head Highway in Indian Head for the report of a shooting inside an apartment. As officers arrived, they were immediately flagged down by a witness who said the suspect, Latronda Marie Jackson, 33, of Bryans Road, was attempting to leave the scene in a car. Officers located the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop and detained Jackson. Officers went inside the apartment and discovered the victim, Eric Lamont Washington, 44, of Bryans Road, with a gunshot wound; he was pronounced dead on the scene.

A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect and victim were in a bedroom at an acquaintance's apartment when the shooting occurred. Detectives recovered drugs, drug paraphernalia and a handgun from the scene and are looking into the possibility the shooting stemmed from a dispute. Jackson was charged with first-degree murder and remanded to the Charles County Detention Center with no bond.

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