Husband Found Guilty in Brutal Murder of Wife

by Patrick Herron

According to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, “in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD, before the Honorable Margaret Schweitzer, a jury has found defendant, Reginald Dunlap, 45, of Silver Spring, guilty of First-Degree Murder for the brutal slaying of his wife, 40-year-old Lauren Charles.

Charles’ body was found inside the couple’s home on March 7th, 2021. She had asphyxiated due to a pillowcase forced down her throat and was beaten to death. A decorative Buddha statue is believed to have been the murder weapon. After murdering his wife, defendant, Dunlap poured bleach on her body and ransacked their bedroom in order to stage a crime scene.

Dunlap faces the potential of life in prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled before Judge Schweitzer on July 7th, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.

Chief of our Special Victims Division, Assistant State’s Attorney Debbie Feinstein prosecuted this case along with Assistant State’s Attorney Sheila Bagheri.”


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