Pedro Argote, suspect in killing of Maryland judge, found dead


BALTIMORE — The man suspected of fatally shooting Maryland Circuit Court judge Andrew Wilkinson outside his Hagerstown home has been found dead, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. 

Police said that around 11:00 a.m. Thursday, that they located a deceased person, who has been positively identified as Pedro Argote during a search in the Williamsport, Maryland area.

Officials said Argote’s body was found in a wooded area between Clear Spring Road and Bottom Road, about a mile away from where his vehicle was found last week.  

Wilkinson, 52, was found shot on his driveway on Olde Waterford Road on October 19 around 8 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s office said.  He presided over Argote’s divorce case, according to court records. 

The Maryland Judiciary issued a statement after Argote’s body was found.

“The Maryland Judiciary appreciates the combined efforts of the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who have been working tirelessly to protect Judiciary personnel and to bring a conclusion to the search for the suspect in the shooting of Judge Andrew Wilkinson. We continue to grieve the loss of our colleague and friend while supporting the Wilkinson family, the judges and staff of the Circuit Court for Washington County, and the entire Hagerstown and broader Washington County community.” 

-The Maryland Judiciary    

Police are expected to provide more information during a press conference at 3:00 p.m.

We will stream the press conference live on CBS News Baltimore. 

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