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Maryland Man Charged In Brutal Hotel Room Murder Of Mom, 4-Year-Old Daughter

Javon Hines is charged in the deaths of Elise Wars and her young daughter, Khori Ashton.

By Megan Carpentier
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A Maryland man is under arrest for the murders of a woman he was seeing, and her young daughter.

Javon Hines, 22, was arrested on Thursday afternoon in Elkridge, Maryland — a suburb of Baltimore — for the murders of Elise Wars, 40, and her daughter, Khori Ashton, 4. He faces charges including first- and second-degree murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to online court records viewed by People.

A judge on Friday denied his request for bond or to be released to the supervision of his family, according to Washington D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA reporter Matthew Torres. He did not enter a plea, but is due back in court on Dec. 14, according to People.

Friends of Wars told police that Hines was her boyfriend, WUSA reported, but that they had only been dating a few weeks before the murder.

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Police were called to the APM Inn and Suites hotel in Hagerstown, Maryland — 70 miles northwest of Elkridge — around 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday after hotel staff reported two dead bodies had been found in the room, according to a release from the Hagerstown Police Department.

A police handout of Javon Hines

They found the woman and the little girl both dead in the room. Court documents obtained by WUSA say that the two had sustained gunshot wounds to their heads and were found lying in the room's beds. Police believe that both were in bed at the time of the murders but don't know if they were asleep. Hines, prosecutors say, was standing when he allegedly shot them.

Police offered no apparent motive for the crime. They did say that the the mother and daughter had been residing in the hotel "for several months."

Hotel surveillance footage suggests that the mother and daughter were killed in their room on Monday night, which was the last time they were captured on camera. Court documents say Wars and Hines were seen walking into the room together that night, with Hines carrying the little girl.

Around 11 hours later, police say Hines was captured on camera again, wearing a face mask and moving several items out of the room using a luggage cart.

Wars' friends told WUSA that they hadn't heard from her since Monday. A friend received a call from hotel management on Wednesday after no one had seen the mother-daughter pair for a couple of days.

Of Hines, Wars' friend Shannon Williams told WUSA, "He doesn't have a conscience because anybody that takes the life of a four-year-old innocent baby is a monster."

Wars' neighbor in the hotel, Joseph Maryland, told the station, "That little girl didn't deserve it. Neither did her mother, but that girl was innocent."

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