Montgomery County police have charged two men with murder in the slaying of a 71-year-old Beallsville woman, one of whom was being sought for allegedly robbing his parents late last week.
Charged in the shooting death of Louise Shoemaker are Timothy Raymond Deadrick, 25, of the 19100 block of Beallsville Road, Beallsville, and Clinton Eugene Imes, 34, of the 18700 block of Jerusalem Road near Poolesville.
Deadrick, the son of a Poolesville gasoline station owner, had been sought by police since Thursday for allegedly robbing his parents at gunpoint of thousands of dollars they kept in the home.
The two men were arrested Saturday after police stopped a red 1986 Toyota pickup truck driven by Deadrick.
Imes was riding with Deadrick. After questioning the pair, police charged them with murder in the shooting death of Shoemaker, a widow who lived for at least a dozen years in the same rural area of Montgomery County as the two men.
Shoemaker's body was found by her granddaughter about 2 p.m. Saturday in the master bedroom of the victim's brick rambler in the 19000 block of Darnestown Road. The victim's assailant had entered the house by breaking a rear glass door with a large rock, police said. Police suspect robbery might have been the motive for the shooting. They said several items in the house appeared to have been disturbed. However, they have not determined if anything was taken, a police spokeswoman said.
In addition to murder, Imes was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, police said. Deadrick also was charged with robbing his parents in a separate incident about 11:45 p.m. Thursday.
Deadrick's parents told police their son entered their bedroom while they lay in bed, pointed a 20-gauge Remington shotgun at their heads and demanded money, Montgomery County police detective Ed Tarney said.
The parents gave Deadrick a sum of money Tarney described only as several thousand dollars, which the couple had kept under their mattress. Deadrick grabbed the money and fled in a red Toyota pickup, Tarney said. Police said they considered him armed and dangerous.
They eventually found Deadrick in his truck on Cattail Road near Jonesville Road outside Poolesville.
Deadrick was being held without bond yesterday at the Montgomery County jail. A separate $100,000 bond had been set for a robbery charge stemming from the case involving his parents. Imes was also being held without bond.