A Stafford County, Va., man was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Saturday after police responding to trouble in a Prince George's County parking lot found him trying to stuff the beaten and stabbed body of an Alexandria woman into a dumpster, Prince George's County police reported yesterday.
Police identified the victim as Tina Ann Hines, 27, of the 7900 block of Richmond Highway. They said that her body was discovered about 3 a.m. Saturday and that she was pronounced dead at Prince George's Hospital Center later Saturday morning. Her body was transported to Baltimore for an autopsy.
Kevin Anderson Ghee, 40, is being held without bond at the Prince George's County jail on the murder charge, according to Cpl. Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Prince George's police.
Richardson said there were indications that Hines was brutally beaten and cut on the face and neck with a box cutter, which police found on the scene.
"He apparently picked her up and threw her down, took the box cutter and used it on her and was in the process of throwing her in the dumpster when police came," Richardson said. She said several witnesses called 911 to report the incident.
Hines's neighbors at the Spring Gardens apartment complex in Alexandria said they knew her as a good friend and a new mother.
"She had just had a little boy, a son, not long ago. She was a good person," said Tamika Green, a Spring Gardens resident, who said she went to Bible study classes with Hines.
Another resident said that she remembered going to elementary school with Hines and that Hines was a longtime Alexandria resident.