Va. Man Given Life Without Parole For Murdering His Wife

Sentence was handed down on Friday in Frederick County Circuit Court

Frederick, Md (KM) A Virginia man was sentenced on Friday for the murder of his ex-wife more than three years ago. In Frederick County Circuit Court, Lemuel Lee Roberts, 35, of Winchester,. was given life without the possibility of parole for killing his ex-wife, Kaitlin Nicole Roberts. .. “Life without parole is undoubtedly the right sentence. This was a very heinous murder. He showed zero remorse afterwards; actually took substantial steps to cover up this killing,” says State’s Attorney Charlie Smith.

On January 10th, 2020, at around 11:49 PM,  Smith says Lemuel Roberts drove his ex-spouse to the area of English Muffin Way and English Muffin Court in Frederick, where he killed her. Kaitlin Roberts’ body was found at around 2:00 AM on January 11th. “We had a 911 call of a report finding a body just out in the roadway over on English Muffin Court and English Muffin Way.  That was the body of Kaitlin Nichole Roberts.  She too was also from Winchester, Virginia,” Smith said.

Investigators called to the scene “found that he stabbed her 32 times, and ran over her body with the Buick Enclave he was driving,” says Smith.

After the stabbing, Lemuel Roberts drove back to Virginia, where he disposed of the evidence. In one instance, he brought his car to a car wash. “He’s going through the car wash, cleaning up his car, trying to dispose of any evidence of the victim,” Smith says. “He actually threw away the victim’s work name plate and her purse at a Sunoco gas station in a dumpster.”

Smith says Lemuel Roberts set fire to his Buick Enclave.

With the work of numerous agencies, such as the FBI in Baltimore, the Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Marshal Office in Frederick County, Virginia, the Frederick County, Maryland, Sheriff’s Office, the US Secret Service, Montgomery County Police and the Maryland State Police, Smith says prosecutors were able to convict Lemuel Roberts.

He says the victim’s family members were in the court room on Friday. “In full force, buttons, tee-shirts. They were just extremely happy with the outcome,”  Smith says;

Smith also says life without parole was the proper sentence for Lemuel Roberts. “With the abrogation of the death penalty in Maryland as the maximum sentence you get for an aggravated first-degree murder case, we were certainly happy with that outcome,” says Smith.

By Kevin McManus