Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Triangle, VA: UPDATED: Accused wife killer served time for 2005 stabbing

A Triangle man charged with murdering his wife early Tuesday had been out of prison for two years after serving time for stabbing an estranged girlfriend as she slept.

Derrick Delano Wilson -- also known as Abdul Rahman Talib Din -- was arrested Tuesday after calling police at 3:45 a.m. to report his wife had stabbed herself in their home at 18303 Old Triangle Road.

Wilson told officers that his wife, Joanna Bell Lowe, 47, had tried to commit suicide.

Police determined that Lowe, who died at an area hospital, did not try to kill herself, but that her husband had stabbed her during an argument, said Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok said.

Court records show that Wilson was sentenced in 2006 to serve five years in prison and five years probation for malicious wounding for stabbing another woman in Manassas in 2005.

In that case, Wilson, admitted to breaking in through the bedroom of his ex-girlfriend’s house on Scarlet Oak Drive around 10 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2005 and stabbing her repeatedly.

According to a criminal complaint filed in that case, neighbors heard glass breaking and a woman screaming and called police, who arrived, looked through a kitchen window and saw the woman, “covered in blood, with her hands up as the accused approached her.”

Police forced their way into the house and arrested Wilson.

The woman told police that before they arrived Wilson chased her through the house. She said she went into several rooms and shut the doors behind her, but he broke down the doors and continued attacking her.

According to court records, Wilson was released from prison on April 26, 2010 and was still on probation for the malicious wounding charge at the time of his arrest Tuesday.

It was unclear Wednesday when Wilson and Joanna Lowe met, or how long they had been married. Police said Lowe had grown children who did not live with her and were not Wilson's. The couple apparently had roommates at the house on Old Triangle Road, but they told detectives they didn't see or hear anything early Tuesday.

Prince William building inspectors condemned the home after Tuesday's slaying.

According to paperwork attached to the front door, authorities deemed the home as unsafe due to structural integrity and inadequate power service.

Improper wiring and deterioration to power receptacles, a lack of unobstructed paths in the home, among other violations led to the condemnation.

The home showed visible damage on the outside Wednesday afternoon. The roof was coming apart at the front right corner. Siding and debris were found on the ground immediately below the damaged roof.

The front door at the home was marred and appeared to have carpet running alongside its entire length on one doorjamb.

Neighbors on Old Triangle Road said they didn't know the people who lived in the house and were unaware of the slaying.

Wilson is being held without bond at the Prince William-Manassas regional jail.

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