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The murder trial for a Largo man who Prince George’s County police have alleged is a serial killer is set to begin Tuesday.

Jason Thomas Scott, 29, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the killings of Delores Dewitt, 42, and her daughter, Ebony Dewitt, 19, whose bodies were found March 16, 2009, in a stolen car that was set on fire near their home.

Scott is also a lead suspect in several other homicides, according to police, though he has not been formally charged.

Lt. Bill Alexander, a county police spokesman, said Scott is still suspected in the killings of Karen Lofton, 45, and her daughter, Karissa Lofton, 16. Both were found shot dead Jan. 26, 2009, in their Largo home.

Additionally, Alexander said Scott remains a suspect in the killing of Bowie woman Vilma Butler, 46, who was found dead in her upstairs bedroom in June 2008.

“We don’t have anything new to share in either of those cases,” Alexander said.

Scott, a 2001 graduate of Largo High School and former United Parcel Service employee, was arrested shortly after the Dewitt victims were found dead and while he remained a suspect in the slayings, he was first charged for other offenses relating to burglaries based on a search of his home, officials said. He was sentenced to 100 years in prison for dozens of home invasions throughout Maryland in a January 2012 federal gun-trafficking case in Greenbelt.

A 12-member jury for Tuesday’s trial was selected Tuesday.

The trial is expected to last up to six weeks, said John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s state’s attorney’s office.

Harry Trainor, Scott’s defense attorney, declined to comment before opening arguments are made Tuesday.

djgross@gazette.net