Suspects Indicted in “Gun Battle” that Killed Timothy Dawkins

Darious Scales and Todd Green pleaded innocent Wednesday for the fatal shooting of Timothy Delonte Dawkins in August 2013.

A year ago, Dawkins was found in the 4200 block of 4th street Southeast lying face down on the walkway with a single gunshot wound to the back.

Scales was not shooting at Dawkins that night, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Liebman said, but was involved in a gun fight with Green, who was arrested two days after Dawkins death.
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Jury Begins Deliberations in Lucki Pannell Murder

Deangelo Williams “committed the same offense he was trying to revenge,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy said in closing arguments Monday. “He took someone’s best friend.”

Prosecutors say Williams went to the neighborhood around Hobart Place on Feb. 19, 2011, looking for Terry Jimenez, who he blamed (according to prosecutors) for the 2007 shooting death of his best friend, Jonathan Franklin.

When Williams saw Jimenez with his best friend Lucki Pannell and his brother Bernardo sitting together on Pannell’s porch, “he ran up on that porch after pulling down his mask and opened fire on these three unarmed people, and in his own words, ‘let that motherf*cker rock,’” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Parikh said.
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Mauda’Rico Proctor Pleads Guilty to Dominic Davis’ Murder

Mauda’Rico Proctor pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday for the fatal shooting of Dominic Davis on January 14, 2013.

He was originally charged with first-degree premeditated murder while armed.

According to the plea agreement, Proctor will likely spend six years in prison. The maximum sentence for voluntary manslaughter is 30 years and requires a minimum sentence of five years.
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Ellis Alphonso Anderson Dies in Brentwood Road NE Shooting

Ellis Alphonso Anderson, 45, died in a shooting in the 1200 block of Brentwood Road Northeast, police say.

Anderson, of Northeast D.C., was found just after 10 p.m. with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to police.

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Week in Review

In brief:

Two homicides were reported this week:

  • Jabari Fields died in a double shooting at the intersection of 8th and Jefferson Street Northwest.
  • Ellis Alphonso Anderson died in a shooting in the 1200 block of Brentwood Road Northeast.

Terry Jimenez took the stand to tell jurors what happened the night Lucki Pannell was killed, and how he recognized Deangelo Williams as the shooter. Williams trial is expected to finish this week.

A jury found Demonta Chappell guilty of first-degree premeditated murder while armed in the 2012 shooting death of Stevann Moorer.

That jury also found Chappell guilty of two firearm charges and obstruction of justice. But immediately after the verdict was read, Judge Rhonda Winston said there might not be enough evidence for the obstruction charge, and she ordered lawyers from both sides to submit briefs. The jury’s foreman said he was “shocked” by the decision.

In a partial verdict delivered Thursday, jurors cleared Daquan Tinker of first-degree premeditated murder and felony murder, but found him guilty of robbery while armed. But that jury could not find agreement on Tinker’s lesser charges, including second-degree murder, and Judge Robert E. Morin declared a mistrial.

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of second-degree murder while armed Friday in the case against Yvonne Simms for the the fatal stabbing of her husband, Kenyatta Jordan, on September 13. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss the case because of insufficient evidence at this time,” USAO spokesperson William Miller said.

A judge sentenced Tisheena Brown for four years in prison. Brown, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter in May for the overdose death of her seven-week-old son Hakeem Brown in September 2013.

A judge found probable cause Friday in the case against Dwayne Williams in connection to the 2011 shooting death of Ronald Deacon Smith.

Francis Lyles, accused of killing her three-year-old son Xavier, broke down in court as she was expected to plead guilty. She called out to Judge Jennifer Anderson: “Your Honor, I didn’t hurt my baby! I want a chance to get a lawyer and a new case! I didn’t hurt my baby and I need a new lawyer!”

Mauda’Rico Proctor, suspected in the Jan. 14, 2013, death of Dominic Anthony Davis, pleaded guilty late Friday.

This post has been updated to include Ellis Alphonso Anderson, who died Saturday night. His death was first reported Sunday afternoon.

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 chris@homicidewatch.org. To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.
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Frances Lyles Recants Guilty Plea: “I didn’t hurt my baby!”

The courtroom was silent Friday in the moments before Frances Lyles was expected to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and perjury.

Is this what happened?” Judge Jennifer Anderson asked Lyles after a prosecutor read the proffer of facts outlining the gruesome beating death of her 3-year-old son, Xavier.

Minutes passed while Lyles struggled to speak. Then, Lyles took a deep breath and answered, “Yes.”

But when the judge asked her to explain to the court in her own words the events that led up to her child’s death, Lyles was silent.
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Probable Cause Found in Murder of Government’s Witness

A judge found probable cause Friday in the case against Dwayne Williams in connection to the 2011 shooting death of Ronald Deacon Smith.

On Nov. 14, 2011, police found a lifeless Smith, 27, with a gunshot wound to the head, in the 1100 block of 21st Street Northeast, charging documents say. A second man shot in the incident survived.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner argued that the evidence proved Williams was involved in Smith’s death. “It paints a pretty clear picture of Williams’ involvement in the death of a Government witness,” Kirschner said.
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Tisheena Brown Sentenced to Four years in Prison for Death of Newborn Son

The fact that you caused your child’s death is as tragic as can be,” Judge Lynn Leibovitz told Tisheena Brown before her sentencing. “A child was vulnerable and didn’t deserve to die.”

Brown, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter in May for the overdose death of her seven-week-old son Hakeem Brown in September 2013. She also pleaded guilty to insurance fraud. On Friday, Judge Leibovitz sentenced Brown to four years in prison.
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Murder Charge Dropped in Case Against Yvonne Simms

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of second-degree murder while armed Friday in the case against Yvonne Simms for the the fatal stabbing of her husband, Kenyatta Jordan, on September 13.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss the case because of insufficient evidence at this time,” spokesperson William Miller said. “The investigation is continuing. Because the investigation is ongoing, we have no further comment at this time.”
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