Man Sentenced to 110 Years for Killing Mother, Stepbrother in Pr. George's

Mercer "executed his mother and stepbrother in cold blood for no apparent reason," the state's attorney's office said in a news release.

A 35-year old man was sentenced to 110 years in Prince George's County Circuit Court on Friday for killing his mother and stepbrother in August 2011, according to the Prince George's Office of the State's Attorney. 

Quindell Mercer, who had no fixed address, was sentenced for two counts of second-degree murder and other charges, according to prosecutors.

Mercer had no obvious motive for the killings, State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a news release.

“Mr. Mercer executed his mother and stepbrother in cold blood for no apparent reason and there is no excuse for this senseless act of violence that took the lives of two of our citizens,” Alsobrooks said in a news release.  “I am pleased that he will never be allowed to walk our streets again.”

Mercer went to the home of Patricia Harris and her son Frank Lamar Harris in Fort Washington on Aug. 3, 2011, and shot both of them, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said that Mercer posed their bodies on a sofa to make it look like they were sleeping, according to the State's Attorney's office. The two were discovered by Frank Arthur Harris, the husband and father of the victims.

Mercer was tied to the crime by an FBI handwriting expert and DNA evidence that convincingly linked him to the gun used, according to the state's attorney's office.


Shaka Zulu January 14, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Here in lies the problem the States attorneys office is happy he will not be walking our streets again but he still costs the tax payers about 40k a year to keep him breathing, take his organs if they help anyone else and throw him in the Chesapeake to help feed the crabs. WE have no need for this man on this planet.
Carolyn January 25, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Stories like this are giving Fort Washington, MD a bad name. Is there any way that we (Tantallon) can get their own zipcode so we can maintain the reputation of our neighborhood. I'm embarrassed that we have to associate with Friendly HS gangs, murders, baby daddy drama ect...Leave the trash were it belongs!
believe it or not January 28, 2013 at 04:24 AM
There is a reason for Quindell to live. He has children that still love him and have no idea about the situation. You only know what you heard on the news or read in the paper or internet. You don't know Quindell at all. And just beacuse the police say he did it makes it true?? How many people have been sentence to prison for a crime they never did? What makes you think this isn't one of those type of mistakes?? Keep your mouth shut, you and everybody else.


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