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Twin sisters charged in connection with 2017 death of their younger brother

Another man also charged; a fourth defendant previously was convicted in the case

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Two sisters have been charged in connection with the death of their younger brother more than four years ago in Silver Spring. Another man also has been charged.

Police got a call for a “suspicious situation” around 2:25 a.m. on March 21, 2017, in the 1000 block of Mondrian Terrace, police said in a press release.

When officers got to the scene, they found 17-year-old Christian Matthews unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Tysean Lipford, 24, was arrested and later convicted of second-degree murder in January 2019. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison later that year.

Police said on Friday that during the investigation, they identified Matthews’ 23-year-old twin sisters Lemae and Leaundra Matthews, and 25-year-old Daniel Juwan Howard as potential suspects.

The State’s Attorney’s Office announced on Friday that Howard had been indicted on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Additionally, Leaundra Matthews has been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Lemae Matthews was charged in June with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

The Matthews sisters and Howard are all being held without bond at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, police said.

According to charging documents, Lipford was dating Leaundra Matthews, and she was pregnant at the time of the killing with his second child.

Lipford told police two days after the murder that he killed Christian Matthews while he was sleeping in his bedroom, and that he and Leaundra had conspired in the murder, documents allege.

Lipford also allegedly told police that Christian had threatened to harm Leaundra and their daughter.

Leaundra Matthews also allegedly told her mother and aunt in August 2019 that she had conspired in the killing of her brother, documents allege. She allegedly left disposable gloves for Lipford and Howard before the murder, and Lipford told police he was wearing them when he killed Christian Matthews, documents say.

Aaron Meyers, a Rockville attorney who represents Howard, declined to comment to Bethesda Beat on Friday.

Attorney information was not listed for Lemae or Leaundra Matthews on Friday.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com