Marvin Orlando Johnson and Marlee Lynn Stokes, Two Arrested And Charged For Murder In Mechanicsville
Marvin Orlando Johnson and Marlee Lynn Stokes

MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – Two suspects were arrested and charged on Wednesday by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office detectives in a homicide investigation in Mechanicsville.

On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 5:28 am, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at an apartment at the 29000 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville for the report of a male suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Patrol officers arrived and located the victim, Raymond Franklin Woods Jr., age 54 of Mechanicsville, deceased on a couch.

Detectives with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division continued the investigation, along with the Crime Lab Unit and a forensic investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The gunshot wound was determined to be a homicide.

As a result of the investigation, Marvin Orlando Johnson, age 38 of Mechanicsville, was charged with First-Degree Murder, Second-Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence, First-Degree Assault and Second-Degree Assault.

Additionally, Marlee Lynn Stokes, age 37 of Charlotte Hall, was charged with First-Degree Murder: Accessory After the Fact and Second-Degree Murder: Accessory After the Fact.

Both suspects are being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown on a no-bond status. 

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Detective Andrew Burgess at 301-475-4200, ext. 8041.

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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  1. Was this the incident above/near Chronic Ink tattoo? Police had that lot surrounded Wednesday morning.

  2. So the wife went to sleep at 6pm, woke up at 10:30pm to the sound of a gun shot, went back to sleep, then woke up at 5am to see her husband dead? If I heard a gun shot that close and my husband wasn’t in the bed next me, I’m jumping up to look for him.

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