• Law Enforcement Searches For Suspect in MD. Judge Wilkinson’s Murder

    October 22, 2023
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    Christine Dolan

    Maryland law enforcement officials on Friday named
    Pedro Argote as a suspect in the Thursday shooting
    of Washington County Circuit Court Assistant Judge
    Andrew Wilkinson.
    Wilkinson, 52, was found dead at approximately
    8pm in his residential driveway on Olde Waterford
    Road in Hagerstown Thursday evening with
    gunshot wounds, according to the Washington
    County Sheriff's Office.
    The judge was pronounced dead at Meritus Medical
    Federal, state and local law enforcement are
    involved in the search for Argote, 49, and his
    vehicle, "a silver 2009 Mercedes GL450, displaying
    Maryland registration plates 4EH0408."
    "Anyone with information in reference to Argote’s
    location is asked to not approach him but to
    immediately notify law enforcement," the sheriff’s
    office stated. "This continues to be an active
    investigation, certain details of the case will not be
    released to the public by law enforcement."
    Judge Wilkinson presided over a divorce custody
    hearing earlier on Thursday when he ruled in favor
    of Argote’s ex-wife for custody of their children.
    Pedro Argote did not attend that court hearing.
    Although Argote has no criminal record in
    Washington County, the police have been called to
    the Argote residence for verbal domestic abuse.

    the Argote residence for verbal domestic abuse.
    Argote’s gun was properly registered according to
    the sheriff’s office.
    According to court records, the Argote divorce
    began in 2022. The next hearing was scheduled for
    October 31.
    Wilkinson had been an associate judge for the 4th
    Judicial Circuit since 2020, according to his profile
    on the Washington County website. He was born in
    Guam in 1971 and earned his degrees from the
    University of North Carolina and Emory University
    School of Law.
    The Washington County Sheriff’s office released the
    picture below of Argote’s car model.



    Christine Dolan

    Christine Dolan is a seasoned Investigative Journalist, television producer, author, and photographer. She is Co-Founder of American Conversations whose format focuses on in-depth analysis of critical issues about “the story behind the headlines.”
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