LEONARDTOWN, Md. – State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling announced today that a St. Mary’s County jury convicted Wayne Carroll Key, Jr., 43, of Lexington Park, Maryland of first degree murder of a child and her mother stemming from the November 2021 killing of both victims.
The trial started last week and continued into this week — spanning eight days. Over 200 pieces of evidence were admitted for the jury’s consideration. The jury heard testimony from over 40 witnesses. The State called four expert witnesses to include experts in DNA, historical cell phone mapping, microscopy, and forensic medicine.
State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling said, “The unimaginable killing of a child and her mother is truly despicable. I want to extend my sincerest condolences to the family of our victims. Although nothing can ever bring back our innocent victims, my hope is that with these convictions the family may begin the process of healing.”
Sterling added, “Understanding the difficult and sensitive content of the testimony and the disturbing physical evidence presented to them, the jury remained patient and professional throughout the entire trial. I want to thank them for keeping their focus and paying close attention to the tremendous amount of testimony and evidence.”
“I want to extend a very special thank you to all of the police officers, crime lab technicians, allied agencies and the State’s Attorney’s Office’s support staff for their assistance and involvement with helping to bring closure and justice for the victims’ family.” said Sterling.
The lead prosecutor, Chief of the Special Victims Unit Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Proctor, was joined by Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Boyd, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of St. Mary’s County.
The lead detective was Detective Tyler Payne of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
Additional agencies who assisted with the investigation and trial included: Homeland Security Investigations, Maryland State Police Forensics, MicroTrace, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services, and St. Mary’s County Geographic Information Systems.
Mr. Key will be held without bond pending sentencing.
The Honorable Joseph Stanalonis presided over the case.
Hell is called hell for a reason . Hell lasts for eternity .People only think in the present and do heinous murders without regard for other lives, forgetting by committing a murder they condemn themselves to hell .
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