LANHAM, Md. - A resident at a Prince George’s County group home for people with mental illness has been charged with murdering his roommate, police say.
According to officials, 37-year-old Robert Jackson is accused of stabbing 25-year-old Bryant Stigall at the Family Services Inc. group home in the 6800 block of Trexler Road in Lanham.
Officers found Stigall stabbed in his bedroom after receiving a call at around 5:55 a.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Prince George’s County police say.
Jackson is facing charges of first- and second-degree murder.
The motive for the deadly stabbing is still under investigation, according to police.
An employee at the group home says people with violent mental and criminal histories such as Jackson are left unattended overnight at the home. A worker tells FOX 5 that there were no staff members at the group home between Friday night into Saturday morning. A spokeswoman for the company that owns the group home says 24-hour supervision is not required.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic event that took place at one of our residential homes," said Kylie McCleaf, executive director for Family Services Inc. "We are cooperating fully with the police in their investigation. Due to privacy laws, we are unable to confirm or deny any information about the individuals."
FOX 5's Evan Lambert reports court records appear to indicate that Jackson was charged with first-degree murder in 2005, but the case was dropped after a judge found him to be incompetent to stand trial.