DEPARTMENT OF MARYLAND STATE POLICE
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2011
SUSPECT CHARGED IN BOWIE STATE MURDER
(BOWIE, MD) - Maryland State Police have charged a suspect in connection with last night's murder of a student at Bowie State University.
The accused is identified as Alexis D. Simpson, 19, who is a student at Bowie State University and resides on campus. She is from District Heights, Md. She is charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, and first degree assault. She is being held in the Prince George's County Detention Center without bond.
The victim is identified as Dominique T. Frazier, 18, who was a student at Bowie State University and resided on campus. She was from Washington, D.C.
Just after 8:00 p.m. yesterday, Prince George's County Police received a 911 call for a cutting in the Christa McAuliffe Residential Community building on the campus of Bowie State University, in the 14000-block of Jericho Park Rd., Bowie, Md. University police officers were also notified and were the first to arrive on the scene outside of the apartment style residence on the second floor of the residential community.
Bowie State University Police Department officers found the victim in the hallway. She was bleeding from the upper torso and was unconscious. Officers rendered emergency care until EMS units from the Prince George's County Fire Department arrived. EMS units transported the victim to Prince George's Hospital Center where she was pronounced dead at about 8:44 p.m.
Detectives from the Prince George's County Homicide Unit responded to the scene and initiated an investigation. Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation, with continuing assistance from the Prince George's County Police Department detectives.
Police believe Simpson left the campus after the assault. At about midnight, she turned herself in to officers at the Prince George's County Police Department District 3. She was turned over to the custody of the Maryland State Police where she will remain until she was charged today.
Maryland State Police investigators obtained a search warrant for the residential suite shared by the victim, suspect and two other students. There are four individual bedrooms in the suite, with two bathrooms, a kitchen and a common area. The suite is being processed for evidence today by State Police crime scene technicians.
Investigators continue to conduct interviews and process evidence and information. They also continue to consult with officials in the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office regarding the ongoing investigation.
The preliminary investigation indicates the victim and suspect became involved in an argument in their suite that escalated into a physical confrontation. The subject of the disagreement has not been confirmed. Others were in the suite at that time, but no one else was injured in the assault.
The investigation is continuing.
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