Probable Cause found in “Bad Drug Deal” Scheme at Lawrence Wilkerson’s Preliminary Hearing

A judge found probable cause Friday in the case against Lawrence Wilkerson in connection with the shooting death of Rhett Gelb.

On May 27, 2013, Gelb was found at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Hamilton Street Northwest next to a Cadillac Escalade. He died later at a local hospital.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley Nielsen argued that Wilkerson’s actions were premeditated and he intentionally sold fake drugs to Gelb before killing him.

Wilkerson concocted this ruse of a drug deal, brought a gun, and created a way to get into Gelb’s vehicle to pull the trigger,” Nielsen said.
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Floyd Neal, Lafeyette Robinson Reject Plea Offer in Akinwole Olu Williams Murder

Floyd Neal and Lafeyette Robinson both rejected plea offers Friday in connection with the shooting death of 31-year-old Akinwole Olu Williams, continuing to progress to their August trial date.

Prosecutors offered to drop all other charges in exchange for Robinson’s guilty plea to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and Neal’s guilty plea to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of a rifle, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Bradford said Friday.

The deal required that both men plead guilty or neither would receive the deal. Read more

Murder Charge Dismissed in Case Against Robert Crowder

Robert Crowder was released from jail Friday when Judge Rhonda Winston granted prosecutors’ request to dismiss his case without prejudice. He had been held for more than nine months on suspicion of first-degree felony murder in connection with the stabbing death of 19-year-old Kelvin Jamal Willis.

In April, Crowder’s two codefendants were released after prosecutors dismissed charges against them.

Spokesperson William Miller explained via email that the U.S. Attorney’s Office decided not to go forward with the case, pending further investigation.
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Lillian Alvarado to Remain Held at St. Elizabeths Hospital

For a second time, Lillian Alvarado was found competent to stand trial in connection with the death of her infant son.

Alvarado, 21, is suspected of first-degree murder and one count of cruelty to children for the death of her son, who was never named. On November 28, 2013, police found the newborn floating in a bathroom tub filled with water in a Northwest D.C. apartment. Read more

Jury Begins Deliberations in Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples case

During a six-day trial, prosecutors argued that Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples killed Michael Jones in an “ambush” that also wounded Jones’ brother Maurice. But defense attorneys say there was no an ambush, and Fleming’s attorney argued that there was no evidence to show a gun in Fleming’s hand.

Now it’s up to jurors to decide which version to believe.

Jones was killed two years ago on July 7, 2012, in the 1700 block of 7th Street Northwest. Fleming and Peoples are each charged with second-degree murder while armed, as well as tampering with physical evidence and eight related weapons charges in connection with his death.

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Michael Gayle Arrested in NC for Eboni Donally Murder

A man suspected of killing 31-year-old Eboni Domally was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to WCNC, a local NBC station.

Michael Gayle was arrested by U.S. marshals and Charlotte-Mecklenburg at his home in Charlotte. He was booked into Mecklenburg County Jail, the station reported.

Domally was found stabbed to death in the 5200 block of Queens Stroll Place Southeast on June 29. Police announced they were looking for Gayle and named him as a suspect on July 2.

DeAndre Shaheed Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder

DeAndre Shaheed pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder while armed for his role in the shooting death of Akinwole Williams.

In exchange, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the more serious charge of first-degree murder, conspiracy, attempted armed robbery and five other related charges. As part of the plea agreement, Shaheed will likely be sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge.

The plea comes almost three weeks before Shaheed and his co-defendants Floyd Neal and Lafeyette Robinson were scheduled to stand trial in the case. In court Tuesday, prosecutors did not indicate whether Shaheed will be required to testify against the other men.
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Comment of the Day: “I was one of the one’s who called 911”

This Comment of the Day comes from Brickcity all day, who writes about the shooting death of DaShawn Hammonds.

I was one of the one’s who called 911,for help.@ First we heard a low muffled sound & it didn’t sound like no firework’s to me.We heard bang,bang,bang & bang.We looked out front & all was cleared.We ran to the back & there was DaShawn Hammonds,laying on his side with shots to the head.We called 911,for help.DaShawn was trying to pull himself up.Read more

Police Seek Help to Identify Person of Interest in Murder of James Oh

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in the investigation of shooting death of Gold Corner Market owner James Oh.

MPD has released a footage of the man they are trying to identify, who was captured by the store’s surveillance camera approximately two hours before the shooting. Below is the video.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Prosecutors Not Seeking First-Degree Murder Charges Against Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples

One day before jury deliberations are expected to begin, prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges against Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples.

Instead, the two men will be charged with the lesser offense of second-degree murder while armed, as well as tampering with physical evidence and eight related weapons charges. Peoples and Fleming are charged in connection with the June 2012 shooting death of Michael Jones.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the choice to reduce the charges.
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