A District man was arrested and charged by Prince George’s County Police in the slaying of his brother.

Samuel Ulysees Wilson, 55, whose last known address was on Farragut Street NW in the District, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 52-year-old Chappell Wilson.

About 9 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, officers responded to the 3800 block of Walters Lane in District Heights to check on the welfare of the younger Wilson. When they arrived, they found him unresponsive with trauma to his body and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Identified Samuel Wilson as a suspect and quickly apprehended him. He is being held without bond at the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections.

Chappell Wilson’s death ended a bad year for Prince George’s in terms of number of killings. While violent crime overall was down 13 percent in the county, murders shot up due to a serious spike at the beginning of 2011 with 11 homicides in the first 11 days of the year.

The year could have been worse if not for a summer crime initiative aimed at targeting high crime areas of the county; Langley Park, Riverdale, Suitland, Hillcrest Heights, and Glassmanor, while also working with the county’s Park and Recreation Department to find programs to keep youths off the streets.

As result of the initiative, the county saw reductions of 22.2 percent in Langley Park, 22.5 percent in Riverdale, 9.7 percent in Suitland, 23.2 percent in Hillcrest Heights, and 12 percent in Glassmanor.

“We will not abandon our crime fighting and community raising efforts,” Prince George’s Police Chief Mark Magaw said in a statement. “We will continue to build on the relationships that have been established. And we will continue to partner with the community and be responsive to their needs as we develop strong, viable, crime resistant neighborhoods.”

Such initiatives, which target reducing high drug trafficking and gang activity, have little impact on domestic crimes, such as the Wilson case.

Samuel Wilson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 27.

George Barnette

Special to the AFRO