Jury Begins Deliberations in Demonta Chappell Murder Trial

On Oct. 27, 2012, Demonta Chappell walked up to Stevann Moorer and shot him, prosecutors said in closing arguments Monday.

But that wasn’t enough,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Veronica Sanchez told the jury. “He shot him two more times. But that wasn’t enough. As Stevann Moorer lay helpless on the ground, that man stood over him and shot him two more times.”

On Tuesday, the jury will begin deliberating whether Chappell is guilty of first-degree premeditated murder while armed, plus two firearm offenses and obstruction of justice, in connection with the shooting death of 26-year-old Moorer. Read more

Jimenez Recounts Fatal Shooting: “I tried to get Lucki over the rail”

Just before Lucki Pannell was shot, she was sitting on her front porch with her sister and two friends, Terry and BJ Jimenez.

On Monday, Terry Jimenez took the stand to tell jurors what happened the night of Feb. 19, 2011, and how he recognized Deangelo Williams as the shooter.

That night, sitting outside Pannell’s home on Sherman Avenue in Columbia Heights, Jimenez noticed a person at the bottom of the steps, he told the jury.

According to his testimony, the person reached the porch and began shooting. He did not see the gun, but he saw “sparks from it.” Read more

Northwest Shooting Victim IDed as Jabari Fields

Police have identified 29-year-old Jabari Fields of Landover, Maryland, as the man killed in a shooting early Monday morning.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting found three men suffering from gunshot wounds. (Earlier reports called the incident a double shooting.) All were transported to a local hospital, where Fields died of his injuries. Read more

One Dead, One Wounded in NW Double Shooting

An early-morning shooting at the intersection of 8th and Jefferson Street Northwest left one man dead and another injured, according to news reports.

WUSA9 reports:
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Week in Review

In brief:

Dominique Holmes was held on a second-degree murder charge Saturday in connection with Ricky Kelly’s death. Holmes’ co-defendant, Gregory Smithwick, was held for armed carjacking, but not the murder charge for which he was arrested.

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of second-degree murder Wednesday in the case against Robert Osborne for the murder of Vincent Purvis on January 15.

In opening statements, prosecutors said Terry Jimenez recognized Deangelo Williams the night Lucki Pannell was killed, but Jimenez didn’t tell police for more than two years. Williams is on trial for Panell’s murder.

Jurors are now deliberating in the case against Daquan Tinker. Prosecutors say Tinker shot Terrence Robinson during a robbery attempt. But Tinker’s defense attorneys argue that this is a case of mistaken identity, that there are inconsistencies in eyewitness testimony, and that police involved in the case “failed to follow leads” that would exclude Tinker.

Week Ahead

Each week, Homicide Watch brings you a list of upcoming hearings in the cases we follow. All hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. To add an item to the listing, email homicidewatchdc@gmail.com. To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.
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Jury Begins Deliberations in Terrence Robinson’s Murder

During a robbery on Aug. 4, 2012, Daquan Tinker didn’t get Terrence Robinson‘s belongings, prosecutors say, “he took his life.”

But Tinker’s defense attorneys argue that this is a case of mistaken identity, that there are inconsistencies in eyewitness testimony, and that police involved in the case “failed to follow leads” that would exclude Tinker.

After a three-week trial, jurors must decide whether Tinker deliberately shot and killed Robinson while attempting to rob him. Read more

Witness in Lucki Pannell’s Death Knew Shooter, Kept Quiet for Two Years

Prosecutors say that Terry Jimenez knew exactly who shot and killed 18-year-old Lucki Pannell on Feb. 19, 2011. That night, Jimenez and his brother BJ recognized the distinctive eyes of Williams, despite Williams’ mask, when he ran up to Pannell’s porch and opened fire, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy.

But Jimenez didn’t tell police who shot Pannell until more than two years later, after he entered a cooperation agreement and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the death of Robert Foster Jr.

Defense attorney Veronice Holt told jurors that Jimenez’s “evolving story” shows that he “doesn’t care about justice for Lucki.”
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Murder Charge Dropped in Case Against Robert Osborne

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of second-degree murder Wednesday in the case against Robert Osborne for the murder of Vincent Purvis on January 15.

According to spokesperson William Miller, there was insufficient evidence to move forward and the case is still under investigation.

Osborne was arrested ten days after Purvis’s death on suspicion of second-degree murder. He later was released on high intensity supervision on February 13 while a grand jury investigated the case.
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Murder Suspects Smithwick and Holmes Believed Victim Killed Their Friend

The two men suspected of killing 29-year-old Ricky Kelly believed Kelly had killed their friend Kevin Lucas, charging documents say.

Dominique Holmes was held on a second-degree murder charge Saturday in connection with Kelly’s death. Holmes’ co-defendant, Gregory Smithwick, was held for armed carjacking, but not the murder charge for which he was arrested.
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