Jamar Jefferson enters Alford plea in Savoy’s murder

The defendant, Jamarr Jermaine Jefferson; and the victim, Devaughn Savoy

Prince Frederick, MD - A Chesapeake Beach man charged with the stabbing death of a man outside his Lusby home last September has entered an Alford plea to a modified count of second-degree murder. The defendant—Jamar Jermaine Jefferson, 28—also pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in connection with the wounding of another Lusby man. Jefferson’s pleas were entered in Calvert County Circuit Court before Judge Mark Chandlee Monday, March 26.

Jefferson was represented at the hearing by Baltimore attorney Derrick G. Hamlin. Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Andrew Rappaport prosecuted the case. The second-degree murder count had originally been a charge of first-degree murder but was modified by an American Bar Association agreement. Chandlee explained that agreement was the consent of all four parties—the two attorneys, the judge and the defendant. An Alford plea is an acknowledgement by the defendant that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to convict.

Jefferson allegedly stabbed Devaughn Savoy, 29 and Jovonte Darnell Willet, 26—both of Lusby—during a melee on Rope Knot Road in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates (CRE) subdivision last Sept. 10. Police reported a “bloody silver folding knife” was found in a driveway near the scene of the assault. Both men were rushed to hospitals and Savoy subsequently died of his wounds.

After Rappaport read the statement of facts into the record, Hamlin told the court that his client, who fled the scene and was later apprehended without incident by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Operations Team, “had no intention to start a fight” when he and his twin brother, Lamarr Termaine Jefferson, went to CRE that afternoon. Willett, who identified the Jefferson twins as the individuals who fought with Savoy and himself that day, told investigators he and Savoy has received threatening phone calls throughout the day from the Jeffersons. Hamlin denied earlier reports that the disagreement stemmed from Savoy and Willett’s involvement with the “Muslim Brotherhood.”

Jamar Jefferson could receive a 25-year sentence of active incarceration in state prison on the second-degree murder change, with a 10-year sentence for second-degree assault running concurrently. There will be no probation and Chandlee will recommend Jefferson be incarcerated at Patuxent Institute. Sentencing has been tentatively set for April. Hamlin requested that his client be allowed to be garbed in “professional clothes” rather than prison issue when he is sentenced. His reason, said Hamlin, was for the benefit of family members who won’t see him in such attire for a long time. Chandlee stated that matter was up to the Department of Corrections and he didn’t see a reason to endorse the request.

Lamar Jefferson is set to go on trial for the charges he’s facing in connection with the Sept. 10 incident sometime next month. He was indicted on several counts, including attempted murder and second-degree assault.

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