No Death Penalty Sought in Slaying of Germantown Mom, Son

Curtis Lopez, 46, was indicted on murder, kidnapping and robbery counts.

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a Germantown mother and her 11-year-old son, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office told Patch.

Defense attorneys referenced the decision during a pre-trial hearing, The Washington Times and several other news outlets reported.

Curtis Lopez, 46, was indicted on two counts murder, two counts kidnapping and robbery, Patch has reported.

He is accused of killing his estranged wife, Jane McQuain, in her Germantown apartment and beating to death her son, William, whose body was found in a wooded area of Clarksburg.

A trial was scheduled for Jan. 7, 2013.

Thomas Qunicy October 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM
As usual, the weakness of Montgomery County's justice system comes shining through. I guess the violent loss of this boy and his mother's life just wasn't enough to bring maximum punishment to this dirt bag who killed them. It makes me sick to say I live in this county when I see this.
Joe Thomas October 11, 2012 at 01:04 PM
It didn't qualify as a death penalty case. The states attorney cannot rewrite the law. If you don't like it then elect different people in the legislature.
Barbara October 12, 2012 at 08:36 PM
This is just so horribly sick. I can only pray that whatever place he gets sent to will have someone there who will do the justice that our county didn't do, in value of the victims lives.
Rick Baldwin October 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Unfortunately I have to agree with Joe, if our laws are not written to exterminate scumbags like the accused in this story, then get the laws changed.
kimberly October 13, 2012 at 02:34 PM
It's just so unfortunate that there is such an imbalance in justice depending on what state you live in. The rational mind would believe that if a mother who almost killed her child by beating her and gluing theirs hands to a wall would get 99 years, what should a man get for actually KILLING two people so viciously. Not pro death penalty but the penalty SHOULD equate to the crime. If this is the grading scale we are working with, then why should he qualify for a curve? DISQUISTING! There was so much collateral damage from this case; as I'm sure there is with many others. The fear these people instill in our communities by their isolated actions should not go unrecognized. The fact that predators, criminals, drug dealers, etc. are able to recieve any sort of protection and/or "justice" sickens me. The real unfortanate part is I would love to agree with Joe but the reality is that no matter who we elect their concern for being to radical and not politically congruent over shadows their ability to agressively promote TRUE change. This is not new, this has been the case for decades. The change needs to come from the Federal level and matriculate down to the local level so it is a nationwide effort and not contingent upon each states perception of "qualifying factors" for punishment and sentencing. Unless we get someone in office either dem, nonpart, or repub with some BALLS, it will forever remain the same!!
Amy Robinson-Brammer October 13, 2012 at 02:46 PM
The MD justice system is out of date & needs to be revamped. Lopez deserves the death penalty. He committed 2 homicides in the commission of a felony (kidnapping). He took the lives of a beautiful woman & an innocent young boy (who my son went to school with). Jane and William will never have a 2nd chance at life and Lopez shouldn't either. When my 1yr old daughter was raped & murdered in 1999, the SA wanted to death penalty but couldn't find a jury who would sit for a DP case. My daughter was the 2nd victim and her killer only got 25 yrs and will be out in 2018 (not even 25yrs). The system also failed my friend Heather who was kidnapped, beaten, shot & pushed out of a van onto Conn Ave. The courts let her estranged husband out of jail despite his many violations of a restraining order. He went straight to where Heather was and now she is gone. We had to rely on VA to put one of the 'snipers' to death; people with drug charges get more time than the person that killed my daughter; the handling of domestic violence cases in MD is a joke. Come on Maryland, step it up...get to rewriting laws and ENFORCE them. R.I.P. William, Jane, Heather and my baby girl Amani. My you be wrapped safely in God's arms, out of danger and out of pain. You will never be forgotten.
Amy Robinson-Brammer October 13, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Well said. I agree 100%
jnrentz1 October 13, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Joe Thomas: I thought (mistakenly) that this case qualified as a death penalty case. Why didn't it. I went to the States Attorney site, and there is no mention of it.
jnrentz1 October 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Ms. Robinson-Brammer, Our belated condolences to you.
KML November 05, 2012 at 10:45 PM
How did this not qualify as a DP case? There was both biological evidence AND a videotape linking Lopez two murders, at least one of which (William) was a no-brainer first degree. Please someone explain why this waste isn't exactly the kind of murderer the MD legislature meant to include when it narrowed the DP law in 2009.


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