Man Is Charged in Fatal Stabbings of LePrince Hall and Maurice Fountain

By Ruben Castaneda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 17, 2009

The man responsible for a double slaying in Prince George's County once worked for a towing company owned by one of the victims and had a financial dispute with him, according to police charging documents made public yesterday.

Lawrence T. Covington Jr., 34, was arrested Wednesday in his Landover neighborhood. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. District Court Judge Tiffany H. Anderson ordered Covington held without bond yesterday.

During a brief court hearing yesterday in Upper Marlboro, Covington's father, Lawrence Covington, told Anderson that he believes his son is innocent in the March 26 attack. "I don't think he did what they charged him with," he said.

Covington is accused of fatally stabbing LePrince Hall, 41, and Maurice Fountain, 24. He is also charged with attempted murder in the wounding of Genea Simms, 22, Hall's daughter. Neighbors said Fountain was Simms's boyfriend or husband.

The midday attack occurred in Hall's home in the 11000 block of Snow Court, near Upper Marlboro. According to charging documents, county homicide detectives think Covington was talking to someone about a money issue when Simms and Fountain left the home.

When Simms and Fountain returned, they were met by the same man, who ordered them to the floor at gunpoint. The attacker bound Simms and Fountain, took their jewelry and cut their throats.

The attacker left in a black Cadillac Escalade with Maryland tags. The vehicle was later found in the District.

Despite her wounds, Simms was able to call 911.

Hall's body was found in the basement of the home, and Fountain's body was found in a breakfast nook near the kitchen, according to the charging documents.

According to the documents, Simms told police that she thought the attacker had once worked at her father's towing company. Prosecutors have not said what evidence ties Covington to the slayings.

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