On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Nicholas Thomas Potts III, was found guilty of second-degree murder. TBN will update this story further as the full text of the court records are released. The original TBN story is below.


A 22-year-old Bay District Volunteer Fire Department member was arrested for murder Sunday night, after he allegedly beat and stabbed his mother’s fiancee at the fire house in Lexington Park, police say.

Shortly after 8 p.m. June 11, Nicholas Thomas Potts III, 22 of California, arrived at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department with Gus Choporis and went inside to pick up and drop off personal items.

A dispute began between the two and Potts struck Choporis in the head with a golf club before delivering several stab wounds, including one mortal wound to the neck, St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) commander Lt. Daniel Alioto told The Bay Net.

James Augustus “Gus” Choporis, 46 of Great Mills, was recently engaged to Pott’s mother, after a 13 year relationship.

Police road units responded to the firehouse for a reported injured subject. Upon arrival Officers received additional information that there was a man in the building that may have caused serious injury to another man.

Moments later police say Potts exited the building covered in blood.

Alioto said Potts attempted to clean the crime scene and conceal Choporis’ body.

“The crime scene was the entire fire house,” Alioto said, adding that investigators were there for several hours.

Choporis was located in the second floor storage area of the building.

BCI Detectives continued the investigation, and three Search and Seizure Warrants were obtained and served and numerous items of evidence were located.

Potts was treated at St. Mary’s Hospital for a minor cut to his hand before being charged with one One count of First Degree Murder, One count of First Degree Assault and One count of Second Degree Assault.

He is currently awaiting a hearing before the District Court Commissioner. Additional charges are pending a State’s Attorney and Grand Jury review.