Frederick County Grand Jury Indicts Two For Homicide

They were served with the indictments on Tuesday. In Montgomery County.


Frederick, Md (KM). Indictments have been served on two men charged with a homicide in Frederick County. Darwin Alberto Arias-Mejia of Greenbelt, and Carlos Javier Hernandez Diaz of Silver Spring are each charged with 1st-degree murder, conspiracy to commit 1st-degree murder and participating in a criminal gang leading to the death of another person. Both men are 24-years of age.

State’s Attorney Charlie Smith says indictments were issued last Friday, but were under seal until they were served.

Arias-Mejia and Diaz are charged in connection with the slaying of  Victor Antonio Turcios-Valle, 37,  of Silver Spring. His body was found in late June in a wooded area off of Gambrill Park Road north of Coxey Brown Road by a hiker. He was reported missing on April 2nd by his family.

Smith says this homicide was the result of a gang rivalry He says Arias-Mejia and Diaz are members of the MS 13 gang, and it ordered a hit on Turcios-Valle, who was part of another gang.   “We have reason to believe he was murdered here in Frederick County, and that the murder took place up there at Gambrill Park. There were a number of individuals involved, and I cannot make comment on that right now, about who they are and how many. But stayed tuned is all I can tell you,” he said.

The indictments of these two men moves the cast to Circuit Court, where a trial date will be scheduled.


By Kevin McManus