California Man Charged with Murder

In May of 2018, Christian Scott Ellis, age 25 of Leonardtown, died of a Fentanyl overdose. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division conducted an investigation into Ellis’ death, and identified Andrew Gordon Duncanson, age 24 of California, Maryland as the distributor of the fatal dose to the decedent. The investigation determined the distribution of Fentanyl occurred in St. Mary's County.

In September of 2019, in collaboration with St. Mary’s County State's Attorney Richard D. Fritz, a Circuit Court indictment for the arrest of Duncanson was obtained through the Grand Jury. On September 26, 2019, Duncanson was located in Baltimore and arrested. 

Duncanson was charged with the following:

Murder Second Degree
Murder Second Degree-Depraved Heart
CDS: Distribution-Not Marijuana
CDS: Knowingly Distribute-Not Marijuana
CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana

Duncanson is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown on a no bond status.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office continues to aggressively pursue those involved in the distribution of opioids in our community.  If you or a family member lives with a substance abuse condition, we urge you to get help.  The following link to the St. Mary’s County Health Department provides tools and resources to understand treatment options available.

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