Frederick Police make arrest after 2020 homicide


FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — The Frederick Police Department announced that they have arrested a suspect in a homicide investigation from July 2020.

45-year-old Santos Margarito Turcios Benitez from Hempstead, New York, was arrested on Tuesday as a suspect in the homicide of 37-year-old Kelly Serra in July 2020.

Police said that that patrol officers were canvassing the area between 66 Waverley Drive and 90 Waverley Drive around 8:23 a.m. on July 29, 2020. While checking the area, one of the officers found Serra’s body. After investigating, detectives determined that her death was a homicide.

Police said the arrest was a “coordinated effort between detectives of the Frederick Police Department, Hempstead Police Department, Hempstead Investigations Unit, Glen Cove Police Department, New York State Police, FBI Gang Task Force, and FBI Violent Crimes Task Force.”

Benitez, who is from Hempstead, New York, is in custody at the Nassau County Jail and awaiting extradition back to Frederick. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

Police said that this investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who may have surveillance should contact Detective K. Yackovich at

You can also call the Frederick Police Department’s non-emergency line at (301) 600-2100, leave an anonymous voicemail at (201) 600-TIPS, text the tip line at (240) 674-TIPS or email the tip line at

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