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Title: Pr. George's Woman Slain; Son Charged With Murder; Mother Recently Had Reported an Attack, Filed Complaint
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Source: The Washington Post
Pr. George's Woman Slain; Son Charged With Murder; Mother Recently Had
Reported an Attack, Filed Complaint
The Washington Post
July 12, 2001 Thursday, Final Edition
Copyright 2001 The Washington Post
Section: METRO; Pg. B05
Length: 456 words
Byline: Jamie Stockwell, Washington Post Staff Writer
A Lanham woman who had sworn out a criminal assault complaint against her adult son last week was found slain
in her home early yesterday after the man called police and told them he had stabbed his mother to death, Prince
George's County police reported.
Police sources said the man, Wilbert L. Leonard, 38, who had been diagnosed with manic-depression, had recently
argued with his mother because he refused to take his prescribed medication. But officials said they did not know
what led to the woman's slaying.
Police spokeswoman Diane Richardson said Leonard called 911 about 4:30 a.m. yesterday and told the dispatcher
that there was a problem at his house, in the 4700 block of Margie Court. When officers arrived, they were met at
the door by Leonard, who led them to the body of his mother, Charlotte L. Gunn.
Gunn, found lying on the kitchen floor, had been stabbed a number of times in the neck and chest, according to
court documents charging Leonard with first-degree murder.
Sources said that Gunn, 56, used a wheelchair.
In the court papers, county homicide detectives wrote that Leonard was found with blood on his hands and told the
officers at the home that he had killed his mother after the two engaged in a verbal dispute.
Leonard was being held without bond last night in the county's detention center. He is to be formally charged today
in Prince George's County District Court, Upper Marlboro.
Police said there was a history of contentious disputes between the mother and son that most recently erupted July
4, when police were called to the home after Gunn called authorities to report a physical assault.
When they arrived, police learned that Leonard, who sources said was recently discharged from a mental
institution, had attacked his mother June 25.
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Pr. George's Woman Slain; Son Charged With Murder; Mother Recently Had Reported an Attack, Filed
Because several days had passed, police urged Gunn to file charges at a county commissioner's office. On July 4,
shortly after officers left her house, Gunn filed the complaints to the commissioner, and her 5-foot-9, 190-pound son
was charged with second-degree assault.
A summons for Leonard's arrest was issued that day, officials said, and he was scheduled to appear in court Aug.
9, Richardson said.
No one answered the door at the family's red-brick home yesterday, the last house on a quiet, tree-lined cul-desac. A wooden wheelchair ramp leads to the front door and a sign on the mailbox asks visitors to park at least a few
feet from the curb. Several cars sat in the driveway.
A woman who identified herself as a relative answered the phone yesterday afternoon, but she declined to talk
about either Gunn or Leonard and said relatives would likely not comment for a while.
Staff researcher Bobbye Pratt contributed to this report.
Subject: STABBINGS (90%); CRIMINAL ASSAULT & BATTERY (89%); COUNTIES (89%); COUNTY
GOVERNMENT (89%); HOMICIDE (78%); CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS (78%); MURDER (78%); ARRESTS
(78%); CRIMINAL OFFENSES (78%); POLICE FORCES (77%); LEGISLATIVE BODIES (77%); LAW COURTS &
TRIBUNALS (74%); ADULTS (73%); BAIL (73%); BIPOLAR DISORDER (71%)
Industry: RESIDENTIAL CARE (78%); PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS (71%)
Geographic: MARYLAND, USA (92%)
Load-Date: July 12, 2001
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