Hames Ct Homicide

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded for a welfare check in the 7000 block of Hames Court in Farmbrook at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. Upon arrival, they reportedly found a man dead.

A Frederick man accused of killing his father refused to come out of his jail cell for a bail review Wednesday and was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation by a judge.

Sean Christopher Shifflett, 33, of the 7000 block of Hames Court, is being held without bail after being charged with first-degree murder. Shifflett's father, 66-year-old Terry Lynn Shifflett, was found dead at the Hames Court residence Tuesday afternoon.

Sean Shifflett had a bail review hearing before District Court Judge Dino E. Flores Jr. Wednesday afternoon. When it was the defendant’s turn to appear on camera, a corrections officer came onto the screen and said Shifflett would not leave his cell.

Upon hearing this, Flores determined he would continue to be held without bail at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center and ordered a competency evaluation through the Maryland Department of Health, which will seek to determine whether Sean Shifflett is able to understand the nature of the court proceedings. Flores noted Shifflett was uncooperative with a District Court commissioner earlier.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to a well-being check in the 7000 block of Hames Court at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Farmbrook community after a relative asked police to check on Sean and Terry Shifflett, according to charging documents. Once inside the residence, police found the elder Shifflett lying on the floor of a bedroom with what appeared to be blunt force trauma injuries. It appeared he’d been dead for some time, charging documents state.

Terry Shifflett had bruises on his hip, back and arm and “severe trauma” injuries to his jaw, eye and forehead area, police wrote. Emergency medical services personnel officially pronounced him dead at 5:05 p.m.

Police initially responded to the residence with multiple deputies due to a history of extensive calls for service and a known “combative/hostile” man who resides there, police wrote in charging documents, not specifying which resident was regarded as hostile. Police saw Sean Shifflett outside the home and recognized him from previous incidents, charging documents state.

Sean Shifflett allegedly told police his father was “high on methadone” and attacked him the night before. Shifflett further stated, “My dad attacked me and I defended myself with my hands,” police wrote. He gave police permission to enter the home, according to charging documents.

The concerned relative who called police said Terry Shifflett called her 35 times the night before and left a voicemail that said, “I believe [Sean Shifflett] is going to kill me, he choked me,” according to charging documents. The relative reportedly last spoke to Terry Shifflett at about 4:30 a.m. and was told he did not want to contact police. When the relative didn’t hear back from him, she called the police.

A witness told police they allegedly heard Sean Shifflett admit to killing his father and calling him a “zombie,” charging documents state.

When deputies questioned Sean Shifflett at the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center, he at first said he did not understand his rights. A deputy explained them again, then Shifflett reportedly said he defended himself against his father and that his dad was in the hospital, charging documents read. Police wrote that Sean Shifflett’s knuckles were bruised.

Online court records show Sean Shifflett was found guilty in 2019 of second-degree assault and sentenced to three years of supervised probation starting July 31, 2019.

No attorney was listed for Shifflett in online court records Wednesday and none was present for the hearing.

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(27) comments

Piedmontgardener

Heartbreaking story.

KellyAlzan

Tragic. Sean I’m sure was once terry’s hero, his pride and joy. The little boy that terry lived his life for. And it all ends like this. So sad

sevenstones1000

A tragedy for all. Mental health issues and little treatment available.

KellyAlzan

Lots of treatment available. It’s a matter of seeking it

sevenstones1000

No, there isn’t “lots” and especially not in Frederick. And there are affordability issues.

You are incorrect. This is a tragedy.

shiftless88

You are incorrect, Pb.

KellyAlzan

Thanks SD.

KellyAlzan

Wait, I mean PD.

Poopy and you can figure out what the D is LOL

KellyAlzan

Treatment is available.

People with mental issues do not seek treatment. People with mental issues do not admit they have a screw loose.

And we see this daily here in the comments.

shiftless88

Our daughter had severe mental health issues and it was difficult to find open beds in treatment centers. Insurance was a bear.

bosco

Sorry to hear that shiftless. I can only imagine what that must be like to deal with. [smile]

C.D.Reid

KellyAlzan Apr 29, 2021 10:30a

"People with mental issues do not admit they have a screw loose.

And we see this daily here in the comments."

That's true, as is evidenced by your redundant negative comments posted about our sheriff.

francesca_easa

Guilty. Hang him. And the idiots who let him off the first time. Come on judges, psychologists, attorneys, mental health experts--How many times does it take for police to come to the same residence for repeated disturbances until you lock someone up for good?

C.D.Reid

While I agree with your sentiments, francesca_easa, the cops have to have a legal reason to lock someone up and, unfortunately, they didn't have one here until now. Good to see Maryland's Red Flag Laws working so well (sarcasm alert.)

KellyAlzan

If your husband calls the police a lot of times that means you should be locked up for good?

francesca_easa

Kelly, we have a happy marriage. Do your remarks apply to you? I am stating the obvious The police get the bad guys, the other parties let them walk. I don't know why the son was not put away or the father relocated to a safer (undisclosed) new residence. There are plenty of shelters for abused women. Are there none for men?

KellyAlzan

Missed my point

bosco

He should throw himself onto the mercy of the court since he is an orphan!

phydeaux994

Make jokes about him, pre-judge the Black guy who the Police shot in the back of the head. Pathetic. But at least you’re following the New Rule you asked me for.

bosco

As are you, Fido. As are you. [beam]

C.D.Reid

I reaffirm my belief that fido is losing it, and big time too.

C.D.Reid

What does the black guy who the cops shot in the back of the head have to do with this, fido?

gabrielshorn2013

Non sequitur, phy.

phydeaux994

Well thank you gab, you too.

gabrielshorn2013

OK phy, please explain how this story is related to :"the Black guy the police shot in the head". I don't see any relationship, therefore a non sequitur

gabrielshorn2013

Oh, sorry, missed it.

Comment deleted.
C.D.Reid

As a matter of fact fido, "C.D." are the initials of what I've gone by for over 50 years now. So, as far as you, and the people who know me, are concerned, C.D.Reid is my real name. Now then, having made your point, why do you feel it necessary to keep doing so? Could it be because you're a spineless coward? That you're afraid to post comments under your own real name but, when you find out someone else's, you expose it publicly? That is the epitome of chickensh*t cowardice, fido. I'm sure your mama was very proud of her baby boy. Did your daddy ever come around and tell you he was proud of you too?

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