Md. Man Accused Of Killing His Father

David Winters is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father, Andrew Winters of North Potomac. David was on a break from Camp Lejeune.
David Winters is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father, Andrew Winters of North Potomac. David was on a break from Camp Lejeune. (Montgomery County Police Department)

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By Ernesto Londo¿o and Daniel de Vise
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, December 27, 2007

Andrew R. Winters was a proud dad.

So proud, neighbors and friends said, that he had recently begun wearing a maroon Marine Corps T-shirt in support of his son David, 18, who just completed boot camp.

That makes the account that Montgomery County police provided yesterday all the more baffling.

Winters, 55, an architect, was found dead in a wooded area near his North Potomac home with several stab wounds on his torso, neck and face, police said. David, who was home for the holidays from Camp Lejeune, N.C., was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after detectives determined that there were too many holes in his story and that there was too much blood on his clothes.

"I know that my dad was proud of him," David's sister Lisa, 23, said yesterday in an interview.

A charging document provides the following account:

David Winters arrived at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville about 10:30 Tuesday night seeking treatment for cuts on the index and middle fingers of his right hand. He told officers, who were called to investigate, that he and his father were attacked while walking in the 11000 block of Darnestown Road, near their home.

"Several men allegedly exited from a wooded area and attacked them," David Winters told police, Detective Gary F. Turner wrote in a charging document. "During the assault, David Winters advised that he managed to escape after being pushed to the ground, but that his father was left behind."

Winters told detectives he ran to the intersection of Muddy Branch and Darnestown roads, where he phoned a friend and asked for a ride. When the friend refused, Winters said, he called his mother, Gustava, known as Gigi.

When his mother picked him up, Winters told her that he and his dad had been assaulted, police said. She drove him to the hospital.

Detectives asked Winters to show them where he last saw his father. Using police dogs and a helicopter to canvass Muddy Branch Park, investigators found Andrew Winters's body in a wooded area.

Detectives saw blood on David Winters's clothes and determined that it probably did not come from his hand wounds, Turner wrote. Investigators also noticed dirt and debris from the woods on his pants.

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