Leaundra Matthews convicted of conspiring to kill brother

Leaundra Matthews, left, was convicted of conspiring with her twin sister Lemae Matthews, inset, to kill their brother Christian Matthews in 2017 Silver Spring, Maryland. Leaundra Matthews faces 30 years in prison while her sister will be sentenced next year for accessory after the fact in murder. (Montgomery County State Attorney’s Office)

A jury in Maryland Wednesday convicted a woman who, along with her twin sister, hatched a plan to have her boyfriend murder her 17-year-old brother as he slept in the basement, later telling her mother “he had to go,” according to Montgomery County prosecutors.

Leaundra Matthews faces up to 30 years in prison after her second-degree murder conviction in the 2017 death of her brother Christian Matthews.

“This defendant was integral to the plot to kill Christian Matthews and served as the driver, both to and from, the scene of the murder. She executed a significant cover up operation to deflect responsibility, but thanks to the work of the Montgomery County Police Homicide Unit and Assistant State’s Attorneys Ashley Inderfurth and Sheila Bagheri, she will now be held accountable,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

Her boyfriend Tysean Lipford was convicted of second-degree murder in 2019 and is serving a 30-year prison sentence. Another man, Daniel Howard, who allegedly held Christian Matthews down as Lipford choked him to death is scheduled to go on trial next year. In addition, Leaundra’s twin sister, Lemae Matthews, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to murder in October 2021 and will be sentenced after Howard’s trial.

Montgomery County police were called to the Silver Spring home on March 21, 2017, where they found Christian Matthews unresponsive. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officers noticed bruising around his neck and an autopsy revealed the cause of death was asphyxia and the manner of death was homicide.

Leaundra Matthews convicted of conspiring to kill brother

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