Woman enters guilty plea for Smithsburg double murder


A Washington County woman has accepted a plea deal for the murder of two people. 
Monday, Destiny Oyler plead guilty to two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Eveyln and Jack Rowland which occurred in May of 2018.

As part of the plea deal several of Oyler’s other charges related to breaking & entering and theft have been dismissed.

According to Elizabeth Camuti, assistant state’s attorney for Washinton County, this is because the state is asking for two back-to-back life sentences for Oyler’s crimes.

A sentencing hearing is set for August 16th and before that, a pre-sentencing investigation has been ordered for Oyler to look at her social background, possible substance abuse and more.

Darren Warner, who was in a relationship with Oyler at the time of the murders and is related to the murdered Has yet to accept a plea deal. His trial is coming up in June. 

In May of 2018, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Warner and Oyler after Jack and Evelyn Rowland were found dead in their home on the 17000 block of Shepherdstown Pike. 

Both were found with gunshot wounds to the head.

According to the investigation, Warner, who had been living with the Rowlands for about four years, had been stealing from the family. Officials were tipped that a GMC truck was missing from the home.

Law enforcement spotted the vehicle at a residence on Crystal Falls Drive in Smithsburg. They also saw Warner and Oyler going in and out of the home and vehicle.

Investigators found keys to the stolen truck and clothes with dark stains in the residence. 

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