Keir Johnson Sentenced to 54 years for Daylight Shooting of Jamal Coates

Judge Lynn Leibovitz sentenced Keir Johnson Friday to 54 years in prison, including 32 years for the shooting death of Jamal Coates.

Taking lives is the most tragic thing you can do and it’s distressing to see Mr. Johnson, who could have done anything, in this position,” Leibovitz said before delivering her sentencing.

Johnson, along with three other men involved in the case were convicted of multiple criminal counts including conspiracy, murder, obstruction of justice, assault, and weapons charges. Read more

15 Year Sentence in the Death of Roshaine Henry

Corey Saxton was sentenced to 15 years Friday for the death of Roshaine Henry on March 5, 2014.

Saxton pleaded guilty in May to voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting Henry after trying to rob him at gun point. Read more

Prosecutor: “Evidence Contradicts ‘Accidental’ Shooting Claim”

A prosecutor argued Friday that Nilson Maldonado and his friends are working together to turn the fatal shooting of Anthony Sanchez into an accident, but the evidence, she said, shows otherwise.

At a preliminary hearing Friday, Judge Russell F. Canan found probable cause in the case against Maldonado for the shooting death of Sanchez on July 3, 2013. He will remain released under high-intensity supervision.

According to police, witnesses heard Maldonado say, “I didn’t mean to shoot him,” and that Maldonado tried to take the gun from Sanchez, they struggled, and the gun went off. But a medical examiner’s report didn’t match up with Maldonado’s story of a struggle. Read more

Donte Graves Sentenced to 10 years for Killing Tyrone Joyner

Donte Graves is an “absolute menace” who terrorized the streets, prosecutor Michael Liebman argued Wednesday, as Graves faced sentencing for the 2013 shooting death of Tyrone Joyner.

Judge Russell F. Canan agreed, sentencing him to 10 years in prison. “You terrified those people,” Canan said.

Graves, 20, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after a mistrial in May.
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Mistrial Declared on Murder 2 in Lamonte Perry Murder Case

Judge Lynn Leibovitz declared a mistrial on a single murder charge against Lamonte Perry Monday, after a jury cleared him of some charges and convicted him of one but deadlocked on the final count.

In court, the foreperson of the jury paused for a moment before telling Leibovitz that further deliberations could not help her fellow jurors decide whether Perry killed Andre Jackson.

Two jurors remained opposed a guilty verdict on the second-degree murder charge, the foreperson said. Read more

Partial Verdict in Lamonte Perry Trial; Deliberations Continue

In a partial verdict delivered Monday, jurors cleared Lamonte Perry of first-degree premeditated murder, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, carrying a pistol outside of the home, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

However, the jury has not reached a consensus for Perry’s remaining charges: second-degree murder and obstruction of justice, both in connection with the 2012 shooting of Andre Jackson.

I can’t see not guilty on all counts,” Alan Smith, Jackson’s father said after the partial verdict. “Maybe I’m being naive on this.” Read more

Week in Review

In brief:

No homicides were reported in D.C. this week.

Jurors began deliberating the murder case against Lamonte Perry. Prosecutors alleged that Perry brought his friend Andre Jackson into an ambush because of his loyalty to the 37th street neighborhood. Defense attorneys say Perry was simply walking with his friends before the shooting occurred.

Michael Davis was found incompetent to stand trial for a third time in connection with a series of hammer attacks in Petworth, one of which killed Gary Dederichs. Davis has been receiving mental health treatment since May 2012.

Joe Anthony Barber, 55, was charged first-degree murder while armed in connection with the fatal stabbing of Rachel Cox in January 1984. Twenty-nine years later, police arrested Barber after DNA found on Cox’s body was entered into the Combined DNA Index System, documents say.

A judge dismissed a charge of first-degree murder against Dion Redwood was released from jail Thursday after 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.

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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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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