Dumfries man charged in wife’s bludgeoning death

A Dumfries man is charged with killed his wife early Monday morning by hitting her in the head with a 25-pound dumbbell.

Ethel Lee Frimpong, 35, of 2710 Corbin Court, was found dead in her bedroom by police who responded to a 12:26 a.m. call for a domestic dispute, said Prince William County police spokesman Dennis Mangan.

Her husband, Yaw Amoako Frimpong, 24, of the same address, was arrested and charged with murder after he was stopped in his car driving back to the couple’s town house an hour and a half later, Mangan said.

Next-door neighbor Tonya Riddick said she was asleep in her bed when she heard what “sounded like someone went down the stairs really hard.” She and the neighbor who lives on the other side of Frimpong said they did not know she had been killed until Monday morning.

“We just talked to her Friday,” Riddick said. Ethel Frimpong was a nice woman who would say hello and tell Riddick how her baby looked like her, Riddick said.

She had two children that were not his, neighbors said.

Riddick said Ethel Frimpong was always talking about God and had taken in a niece who had special needs. The child had a breathing tube for a respiratory disorder.

A Nissan Sentra that neighbors said belonged to her was still parked in front of the town house Monday afternoon and had the plates “4GODTWO.”

Riddick said she only saw the husband several times and that he was “special.”

“He didn’t seem too happy with life, you could say,” she said. She said Ethel Frimpong had changed the locks three times in an effort to keep her husband out.

Mangan said Yaw Frimpong is from Ghana.

Another neighbor who declined to give her name missed work because she was distressed by the incident.

“I just can’t believe it right now,” she said. “She was a nice person.”

Frimpong is being held without bond. An Aug. 30 preliminary court hearing has been set.

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