One Year Anniversary Vigil Planned for the Death of Timothy Dawkins

The Timothy Dawkins-EL Project has planned a candlelight vigil for this Friday to remember the shooting death of community activist Timothy Dawkins.

Interested persons are invited to meet at 7:00 p.m. at Lockridge Library on South Capitol Street Southeast.

Dawkins was killed in an August 2013 shootout at a Southeast DC apartment complex; police believe Dawkins was not the intended target.

Last year, Dawkins’ sister Kia Dupree Joppy remembered her brother in a guest column for Homicide Watch:

He worked so hard counseling others about the evils associated with violence and ignorance. How ironic that many more have been slain since his death in the same neighborhood. How is it that this continues to happen with so many resources available in the nation’s capital?

First-Degree Murder Charge Dropped in Case Against Dion Redwood

Dion Redwood was released from jail Thursday after a charge of first-degree murder against him was dismissed at a prosecutor’s request.

U.S. Assistant Attorney Michael Liebman said the investigation into the shooting death of 16-year-old Darius Cannon is ongoing. He did not say why the murder charge was dropped.

Redwood was arrested in January on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Cannon in April 2013.
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Joe Barber Indicted on First-Degree Murder Charge in the Stabbing Death of Rachel Cox

Joe Anthony Barber, 55, pleaded innocent Monday to the charge of first-degree murder while armed, after being indicted in connection with the fatal stabbing of Rachel Cox 30 years ago.

On Jan. 1, 1984, 43-year-old Cox was stabbed in her apartment on the 3300 block of 6th Street Southeast, according to charging documents.

Twenty-nine years later, the DNA found on Cox’s body was entered into the Combined DNA Index System, documents say. A comparison with DNA profiles in the National DNA Database revealed a positive match to Joe Barber, a registered sex offender, which led to his arrest in November 2013.
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Two Years and Four Examinations Later, Michael Davis Found Incompetent for Trial

After more than two years of mental health treatment, Michael Davis has been found incompetent to stand trial for a third time. He is being held in connection with a series of hammer attacks in Petworth, one of which killed Gary Dederichs.

Davis, brother of NFL stars Vernon and Vontae Davis, was ruled competent to stand trial by Judge Robert Morin in May 2013, after two previous observations.
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Lamonte Perry Murder Trial Goes to the Jury

Jurors in the murder trial of Lamonte Perry have been told that Perry and Andre Jackson were very good friends.

But as jurors head into deliberations, they must determine if Perry’s allegiance to his 37th street neighborhood outweighed his friendship, as prosecutors alleged, or if Perry was simply walking with his friends when Marquette Tibbs allegedly shot and killed Jackson to settle a score, as the defense claimed.

Without Lamonte Perry’s involvement, Andre Jackson would still be alive,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Magdalena Acevedo said during closing arguments Tuesday. Read more

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 [at] To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.
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Witness: Michael Gayle “Stabbed My Mom” and Choked Her

The night that 31-year-old Eboni Domally was stabbed to death, her screams woke up the house. In the basement, Michael Gayle was on top of Domally, choking her with both hands, charging documents say.

It wasn’t the first time Gayle choked Domally, a witness told police. Later that night, the witness also saw Gayle stabbing Domally in the back and stomach with a knife.

That’s according to court documents charging Gayle with second-degree murder. Judge Karen Howze ruled Friday that there was enough evidence to hold him on the charge; he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on September 9.
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Anthony Williams Indicted in the Murder of James Edward Booker

Anthony Williams pleaded innocent Friday to first-degree murder while armed and two weapon charges in connection to the fatal shooting of James Edward Booker.

Police found Booker, 23, conscious and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the 500 block of Alabama Avenue Southeast on November 5, 2013. When police asked Booker who shot him, he replied, “I don’t know.” He later died at a local hospital.

Video footage shows Williams and two other individuals surrounding Booker in front of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary school, according to charging documents. Read more

Dexter Motley, 25, Killed in NE D.C. Shooting

A shooting in the unit block of 46th Place Northeast has killed 25-year-old Dexter Motley, MPD announced Thursday.

Police officers found Motley and another man shot at approximately 9:32 p.m. while investigating the sound of gunshots. Emergency medical services transported Motley to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The second man was listed in stable condition, according to the release.

The full press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Michael Gayle Brought to DC on Murder Charge

Michael Gayle, who was arrested in North Carolina in July, has been brought to D.C. where he will face a murder charge for the death of Eboni Domally.

Domally was found stabbed to death in the 5200 block of Queens Stroll Place Southeast on June 29. Police named Gayle as a suspect on July 2.

Local police arrested Gayle at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 22. He had been held there until Thursday. He is suspected of second-degree murder while armed.

MPD’s full statement is below: Read more