After Bond Hearing, Man Accused of Killing Son-in-Law Now in Corrections Custody, Still in Hospital

After Bond Hearing, Man Accused of Killing Son-in-Law Now in Corrections Custody, Still in Hospital

Montgomery Village suspect had gunshot wound

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A Montgomery Village man accused of killing his son-in-law last month is now being held without bond in the hospital under the supervision of the county’s Department of Corrections, police said.

Michael Ewell, 57, is accused of fatally shooting his son-in-law Christopher Repp, 43, on Oct. 24 in the 10200 block of Wild Apple Circle.

Police have said Ewell and Repp got into an argument at 9:56 p.m. and Ewell shot Repp. When police arrived, they found both men suffering from gunshot wounds. Repp died at the scene.

According to court documents, police said Ewell “made comments indicating” he had shot Repp, and that he had made “homicidal threats” toward Repp before.

There was no further indication in court documents of what led up to the shooting or any other details about it.

Police said they are investigating the shooting as a homicide because the men lived together.

According to court documents, Ewell was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda after the shooting and was then flown to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Officer Rick Goodale, a police spokesman, said last week that Ewell was still in the hospital under police guard. He said that once Ewell was released from the hospital, the case would go to the court system.

In an interview Tuesday, Goodale said that last week, a county district court commissioner went to the hospital to conduct a bond review hearing in Ewell’s room. Ewell is now being guarded by corrections officers, Goodale said. He was not sure what day the hearing took place.

Goodale said the decision was made to transfer the responsibility of guarding Ewell from police to corrections officers because police are needed elsewhere in the community.

“You have police officers being taken off the road to guard this prisoner 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So it becomes a resource issue for us,” he said.

Goodale said Ewell’s injuries are not life-threatening, but still serious.

“Apparently, it’s significant enough he’s not medically cleared to go in the jail,” he said.

A spokesperson from the shock trauma center could not immediately be reached for comment.

No record of Ewell’s case in the state court system was available online prior to Tuesday.

Ewell is charged with first-degree murder. State court records indicated that Ewell was “committed” Nov. 21. No court date or attorney information was listed Tuesday afternoon.

The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office could not immediately be reached for comment.

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