The brother of a man murdered by his stepson says this never should’ve happened.
“It’s going to be hard,” said an emotional Donald Pinkney sitting with his family.
Don is Ron Pinkney’s twin brother, the 65-year-old man police say was killed by his own stepson, Navar Beverly. Police found Ron Pinkney’s body inside their Bowie home Saturday morning.
What led police to the stepson were photos they say he posted on social media the night before. The photos are not there anymore but police say on Friday night, the suspect posted multiple photos including a selfie with his dead stepfather in the background. Today Pinkney’s family tells WUSA9 that image is haunting them.
In their grief, there’s also anger.
“If this warrant had been done like it was supposed to, he would’ve been living today,” said Don Pinkney. He’s talking about the warrant Prince George’s County issued against the 38-year-old stepson in February for assaulting Ronald Pinkney.
Online, Beverly has a long criminal history that includes a murder charge. Court documents say as recently as 2-months-ago, Bowie City police were called to the home after Beverly put his stepdad in a chokehold.
Those court documents also say, “I told you I would do it.”
Those are the reported words the suspect said to his own mother, Ron Pinkney’s wife.
“This never should’ve happened,” said Don Pinkney.
Everything is weighing heavily on them tonight as they remember Pinkney as a great ball player, brother, uncle, dad and more.
“He helped everybody. He would help you out. He helped out strangers. That was just his personality. That was his make-up,” said Don’s wife, Karen Pinkney.