Trial Begins in Case of Man Charged With Fatal Stabbing in Annapolis

The first degree murder trial in connection with a fatal stabbing that occured in Annapolis last summer is scheduled to begin. 

An Anne Arundel County jury will hear the case of Lester Lee Colbert during a four day trial beginning June 15, 2021.  Detectives with the Annapolis Police Department arrested Colbert, 42, and charged him with killing Deontrae Matthews nearly a year ago.   

If found guilty, Mr. Colbert faces a felony conviction with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

On July 6, 2020, at 1:07 a.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of Baywind Drive for an injured person. Upon arrival, officers located Deontrae Lemont Matthews, 34, bleeding from an apparent stab wound. Mr. Matthews was transported to an area hospital where he later died.  

On August 14, 2020, members of the Annapolis Police Department's Criminal Investigation Section obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Colbert in connection with the homicide of Mr. Matthews.  Detectives subsequently responded to a location in Baltimore known to be associated with Mr. Colbert.  Aided by the Baltimore Police Department, the detectives were able to take him into custody without incident.