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A North Carolina man was found guilty Friday of murdering his wife, who was a Germantown resident, and her 11-year-old son in October 2011.

Curtis Maurice Lopez, 46, now faces life in prison when he will be sentenced in April.

“Mr. Lopez faces life in prison because of the heinous crimes he has committed. To kill an innocent 11-year-old child is beyond forgivable. This guy should spend the rest of his waking moments behind bars. The only just sentence for this double murderer is life without the possibility of parole,” said John J. McCarthy, State’s Attorney for Montgomery County in an announcement of the plea.

The body of Jane McQuain, 51, was found inside her apartment on Oct. 12, 2011. William’s body was found Oct. 18.

Lopez entered an Alford plea, which means he refused to admit culpability, but agreed that the state had an overwhelming degree of evidence, and if the state proceeded to trial, a judge would render a guilty verdict.

Circuit Court Judge Mary Beth McCormick presided over the Friday hearing.

According to the charging documents, Montgomery County Police received a missing persons report for McQuain on Oct. 12, 2011. She had last been seen around Oct. 1. William had last been seen in school the day before, the documents said.

Police found her body inside her apartment on Briarcliff Terrace in Germantown. Her back had been stabbed, according to the charging documents.

Police identified Lopez, after speaking to witnesses who had seen him while he was visiting McQuain.

One witness had seen Lopez loading a television into McQuain’s black Honda CR-V on Oct. 5, 2011, according to the documents. A second witness had heard an argument coming from around McQuain’s apartment while the witness was walking a dog, the documents said.

Lopez was arrested in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 13. William’s body was found Oct. 18 in the woods about 100 yards from a Clarksburg gas station after a six-day search by police.

The sentence hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 17.