Son charged with murdering mother

Posted by Jeff Quinton on May 14, 2008

The son of Donna Rosemarie Campbell-Powell, a Baltimore County employee, has been charged with murdering his mother and attempting to murder his father when the father returned home.

Baltimore County Police are charging a 16-year-old Ruxton area boy with the beating death of his mother, and the beating of his father.

Police spokesman Bill Toohey says Lewin Carlton Powell, III, was charged tonight as an adult with fuirst degree murder and attempted first degree murder.

Toohey says the teen allegedly beat his mother to death with a baseball bat late Tuesday, after the two argued about the teen’s grades.

Police have identified the victim as 39-year-old Rosemarie Campbell-Powell.

The boy’s father, Lewin Powell, Jr., came home around midnight last night from his night shift job at Sweetheart Cup, and went to sleep on a couch.

This morning, Toohey says the teen tried to beat his father with the same baseball bat.

The teen also admitted he killed his mother.

Police received a call just after 10 this morning.

They say co-workers were worried about Campbell-Powell, when she did not arrive at work.

Toohey said when police arrived, the father and son went out the back door, and the father told police, “thank God you’re here, my son just killed my wife.”

The father was taken to Sinai Hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.


  1. Comment by Marilou

    My prayers and thoughts to this family……Too bad this little boy snapped—it sounded like he had issues that needed to be dealt with his mother. I wish there was another way this issue could have been resolved besides killing his mother.

    It looked like they lived in an nice house (but I guess money isn’t everything).

  2. Comment by Momof4boys

    People our boys are in crisis! They are told not to cry and be masculine so when they need to express themselves it is often in volence. All races of boys are in crisis but our government would prefer to continue to build prisons than deal with the problems.

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