A Silver Spring home that became known as "Homicide House" after three people were murdered inside on two separate occasions has gotten a new address, courtesy of RE/MAX.
The mid-sized Colonial-style house near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Columbia Boulevard is the site of middle school principal Brian Betts' murder in 2010. Betts died in the same home that Greg Russell and his 9-year-old daughter Erika Smith were gunned down inside eight years earlier.
Only Betts, Russell and Smith were murdered at 9337 Columbia Blvd. The home that RE/MAX listed on Aug. 7 for $479,900 is located at 9335 Columbia Blvd., a new address, according to Silver Spring Singular.
Last May, the home was listed for $515,000, according to a report from ABC7. At that time, like now, there's no mention of the three murders on the property, probably because Maryland law doesn't require home sellers to let prospective buyers know about crimes committed on the property, ABC7 reported.
When Betts, a 42-year-old principal at Shaw Middle School in Washington, DC, bought the home, he quickly found out about the murders of Russell and Smith and wanted to renege on the deal, his family attorney told NBC4 last year.
Alante Saunders pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the Betts' case, ABC7 reported. Betts met the teenage boy in an online chat room and invited him to his home, the website said. Three other teens pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the case, according to ABC7. Saunders is serving a life sentence with all but 40 years suspended, according to NBC4.
In 2002, Anthony Kelly broke into the home and pistol-whipped 9-year-old Smith before shooting her and her father, Russell. Kelly is serving a life sentence, according to ABC7.
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