Suspect in custody for Germantown homicide


A woman was found dead at the scene.

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — Police have made an arrest in connection to the murder of a woman in Germantown that happened Monday night.

Montgomery County Police say 34-year-old Lawrence Sakkestad is behind bars and charged with first-degree murder of Jennifer Sparks, 39. Sparks does not have a confirmed address.

Police responded to Sakkestad’s home on the 20000 block of Dunstable Circle just before 9 p.m. last night after reports of an assault.

Police noted that the suspect had visible injuries.

When they went inside the home, investigators discovered the Sparks’ dead body.

 “When the officers were speaking with the suspect, the suspect made statements that a homicide had occurred inside the home. Detectives are still trying to work out if there was a prior relationship between the victim and the suspect, or if they knew each other, or how they met,” explained Rick Goodale with the Montgomery County Department of Police.

The Sparks’ body was taken to the medical examiner’s office to find out the cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing.

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