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Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Man arrested in Oxon Hill, charged with killing in Georgia

A Georgia man was taken into custody in Prince George’s County this week, accused of fatally shooting and stabbing his roommate in a city just north of Atlanta’s airport, authorities said.

Kevin Middleton, 24, is charged with first-degree murder in the late March slaying of Jovan Suggs, 27, in East Point, Ga., according to authorities in East Point and Prince George’s County. He is being held in Prince George’s while he awaits extradition to Georgia, said Prince George’s Police Detective Cameron Coiner, who helped East Point police investigators with the case.

Det. Sgt. Allyn Glover of the East Point Police Department’s Major Crimes Division said police were first tipped to the case when co-workers of Suggs’s went to his apartment just after 4 p.m. on March 30, concerned that Suggs had not shown up for work. They saw blood on the patio, and police found Suggs’s body inside. Glover said detectives believe he had been fatally shot and stabbed during a fight with Middleton sometime late on March 28 or early on March 29.

No one had called 911 to report the fight, though some people had heard it and the gunshot, Glover said.

Captain Russell Popham, who works in criminal investigations in East Point, said the fight stemmed from a dispute over household expenses, such as rent and food bills. He and Glover said Middleton and Suggs lived together with Middleton’s girlfriend in a studio apartment in East Point, and all three had been “drinking heavily” the night of the incident.

“Kevin felt like Javon was basically pushing his buttons, messing with him,” Glover said. “Finally Kevin had had enough, and apparently went into a bit of rage, and that’s when he stabbed Suggs and shot him.”

Glover said Suggs had moved to East Point some time ago, and Middleton and his girlfriend moved into his apartment in mid March. All originally came from the Oxon Hill area, Glover said.

Prince George’s police detectives first made contact with Middleton on Tuesday, after authorities in Georgia called them to ask for help in investigating Suggs’s murder, Coiner said. The Georgia detectives told Prince George’s investigators that Middleton and his girlfriend were “persons of interests” in Suggs’s slaying, and they were on the run in Oxon Hill, Coiner, Popham and Glover said.

Coiner said he called Middleton on the phone, and he and his girlfriend came to the Prince George’s Police Department’s Oxon Hill station within a half hour. Coiner said he did virtually no convincing, and he told the two roommates that investigators wanted to talk to them about Suggs’s slaying.

“I’m going to be honest with you. . .I was a little shocked,” Coiner said of the pair’s quick arrival.

Maj. James Harper, who commands the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Oxon Hill station, said Coiner was being modest about his role.

“The ability of Detective Coiner to be able to get them in, and not spook them, and not have them flee the area, or first of all have them hang up, it takes some skill,” Harper said.

Coiner and Popham said Middleton admitted involvement in the incident, and his girlfriend provided other useful details. Georgia detectives, who had flown up for the interview, obtained a warrant charging Middleton with first-degree murder, authorities said.

Middleton’s girlfriend has not been charged because detectives think she played no role in the slaying, Glover said. He said that when the stabbing and shooting occurred, she was trying to usher her children to safety.

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