Life Plus 40 Years for Co-Defendant in 2013 Murder

by MCS Staff

In the Circuit Court hearing that took place on April 11,  Montgomery County Judge John Maloney sentenced defendant, Vaughn Darvel Bellamy, 32, of Hagerstown, MD, to life in prison plus an additional 40 years. A jury convicted Bellamy and co-defendant, Bryan Byrd, in September 2022 on charges of first-degree murder for the death of Alexander Buie in 2013, and multiple related charges.

In November of 2013, the defendants forced their way into a home on Grenoble Drive in Rockville, intending to rob one of the occupants. At the time, the residence was serving as a recovery house, and home to several residents. The defendants were unaware their intended target had recently moved from the home. They confronted three adult males in the home, one of whom was the victim, Buie. A struggle ensued, during which, Mr. Buie was shot and fatally wounded. The defendants then fled the residence. Neither of the other two victims were injured.

A key piece of evidence was the gun used in the murder of Alex Buie. It was found in Bellamy’s possession in Prince George’s County about seven months later, during the course of an investigation into an unrelated homicide by Prince George’s County Police. Bellamy is currently serving a prison sentence related to that case. Featured photo shows the Aspen Hill home where the murder occurred. 

Vaughn Bellamy


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