Michael J. Gardiner and Demitri R. Gardiner
Michael J. Gardiner  and  Demitri R. Gardiner
Michael J. Gardiner and Demitri R. Gardiner

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – On Monday, November 28, 2022 at approximately 12:21 AM, Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a structure fire at a residence on Crystal Lane in Cabin Point Subdivision.

Upon arrival of sheriff’s office deputies and volunteer fire personnel, the remains of one individual and three animals were discovered inside the residence.

An ensuing investigation by the sheriff’s office indicated that a homicide had occurred.

The victim was later identified as Ms. Taylor A. Wood, 29 of Montross.

The sheriff’s office has obtained charges on Michael J. Gardiner, 35, of Montross and Demitri R. Gardiner, 28, of Leonardtown, MD.

They are currently in custody with Maryland authorities from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and awaiting extradition proceedings.

Both have been charged with one count of 2nd Degree Murder, one count of Arson and three counts of Animal Cruelty.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact First Sergeant Brian Vanlandingham by emailing bvanlandingham@westcoso.us or calling (804) 493-8066. All information is confidential and anonymous.

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  1. If accurate and True that these two POS murdered her , they do not deserve to breathe for one more day….
    The destruction they have left behind in the numerous lives left to deal with loosing this woman in their lives is unfathomable …
    I can only hope they can get the death penalty for the lack of respect of life they have displayed….May they Rot in hell.

  2. I’m disgusted that some people feel the need to make comments about people they don’t even know.

    My heart aches for this family. I can’t even put it into words. What a a tragic situation.

  3. Lesson to be learned for everyone
    Stay away from people with face tattoos
    If they don’t respect themselves enough to not get face tattoos they sure as hell won’t respect other people

  4. Imagine seeing a school teacher was brutally murdered and you’re such a scum bag that your first thought is to victim blame…. I hate this county.

  5. This is so heartless, flat out wrong! people need to love each other no matter who they are or what they look like. What about the animals lost in this crime.

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