A Maryland man is behind bars for the grotesque murder of his stepfather, who was choked to death in his own home – where the killer then proceeded to take pictures of himself lying next to the body and then post them on Twitter.
Navar Beverly was arrested Saturday for the murder of 65-year-old Ronald Pinkney, who police discovered dead in his home after they received a 911 call at around 8:00 am that morning, WJLA reported. Officers then obtained a description of Beverly and launched a manhunt.
“We immediately began looking for the vehicle, located it and subsequently apprehended the vehicle,” said Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police.
The suspect eluded capture, leading police on a chase that ended around the corner from the murder scene when Beverly ditched his car and fled on foot. He remains in police custody.
Upon further investigation, officials came across Beverly’s social media profile and discovered that he had tweeted pictures of him and his deceased stepfather; the pictures have since been removed, but the harm to the victim’s friends and family remains.
“It’s sad, it’s right in front of you, it’s hard to fathom I saw him yesterday and today, it’s heartbreaking,” said Andrea Dickson, Pinkney’s neighbor.
She noted that it was not unusual to see Pinkney and Beverly argue.
“I’ve seen the sheriff come there before, stuff like that, but I don’t think it was something dramatically serious for this to happen,” Dickson said.
Police documents allege that Beverly boasted to a witness, “I told you I would do it,” indicating that the murder was premeditated.
In 2004, Beverly was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 23-year-old man.