UPDATE: Police in St. Mary’s County Make Two Arrests in Mechanicsville Murder

May 25, 2023
Marvin Orlando Johnson, 38, and Marlee Lynn Stokes, 37, both of Mechanicsville

Marvin Orlando Johnson, 38, and Marlee Lynn Stokes, 37, both of Mechanicsville

5/25/2023: On May 24th, 2023, at approximately 5.30 a.m., deputies from the St Mary’s County sheriff’s office responded to 29205 three notch road in Mechanicsville Md. For the report of a male suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Officers arrived at the location and discovered the victim, Raymond Franklin Woods Jr. who obviously deceased on a couch inside an apartment.

Detectives from the criminal investigation division responded to the scene along with crime lab technicians and a forensic investigator from the office of the medical examiner.

Investigators observed one gunshot wound to the head appeared to be a fatal injury.

Investigators interviewed the victim’s wife who stated her son Marvin Orlando Johnson, 38 of Mechanicsville, was involved in a verbal altercation with the victim and was overheard making threats to kill family members.

The wife told police at 6:00 p.m., on May 23, 2023, she went to sleep and was awoken sometime around 10:30 pm the same night by the sound of a gunshot and the smell of gun powder. She said she then fell back asleep and when she awoke the next morning at 5:00 a.m., she found the victim laying on the couch with a blanket covering his head.

She informed police there was usually two firearms in the apartment, however only one was located.

Police interviewed a resident in the same building who stated at 9:55 p.m., she observed Marlee Lynn Stokes, 37 of Mechanicsville, parked and seated inside her Mazda, shortly thereafter the witness said “Marvin or Munchie” opened the rear door of the vehicle and placed a rifle described as black in color with a brown handle on the floor, he then got in the passenger side of the vehicle and left with Stokes.

Police spoke to another witness who said Johnson came to the convenient store where she was working and said, “he had shot Pop Pop” she thought he may have been joking but he replied, “no for real”.

It should be noted throughout the investigation the victim was refereed to by family members and other individuals as Pop Pop.

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 or email [email protected].

UPDATE 5/24/2023@ 11:35 a.m.: All Northbound lanes of Three Notch Road at Charlotte Hall Road are closed due to police activity. Please avoid the area and expect delays for approximately 30 minutes.

UPDATE 5/24/2023 @ 9:45 a.m.: A spokesperson for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they are conducting an active death investigation.

Additional information and details will be provided when they become available.

A large police presence is expected in the Charlotte Hall and Mechanicsville area.

5/24/2023 @ 8:00 a.m.: On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at approximately 5:30 a.m., police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the 29000 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported gunshot victim.

911 dispatchers advised to all responding units the 911 caller was uncooperative and stated a male victim had a gunshot wound and appeared to be deceased.

Crews arrived on the scene to confirm a victim with a single gunshot wound to the head and pronounced them deceased on the scene.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Lab Technicians responded to the scene and are investigating the incident.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

Marvin Orlando Johnson, 38 of Mechanicsville

Marvin Orlando Johnson, 38 of Mechanicsville

Marlee Lynn Stokes, 37 of Mechanicsville

Marlee Lynn Stokes, 37 of Mechanicsville