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UPDATE: Avery Leslie Stokes Found Guilty of Negligent Vehicular Manslaughter After Killing Hitchhiker in Mechanicsville

Avery Leslie Stokes, 20, of Indian Head, was found guilty of Negligent Vehicular Manslaughter on August 6, 2021, for a crash that killed a hitchhiker . Stokes and girlfriend at the time, Alexandra Catherine Howard, had just picked up hitchhiker, Thomas Edward Douglas, age 63 of Mechanicsville before they intentionally drove into a tree. According to court documents, Stokes and Howard both believed that neither of them would be hurt or killed if they drove into the tree. UPDATE –  SMCSO Press Release – 10/28/2019 @ 10:30 a.m.: Continuing investigation in the fatal motor vehicle collision by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit, it was determined this motor vehicle collision was a result of an intentional act. On October 9, 2019, Avery Leslie Stokes, age 19 of Indian Head, was charged with First Degree Murder. Stokes remains incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. UPDATE 10/28/2019 @ 7:30 a.m.: Avery Leslie Stokes, 19, of Mechanicsville was indicted and arrested, he was charged with the following: MURDER – FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT – FIRST DEGREE NEG MANSLAUGHTER – AUTO/BOAT, ETC. According to the indictment, […]

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