Andre Hockaday Charged in Death of Ronald Smith

A judge ordered Andre Dominique Hockaday held Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting death of Ronald Deacon Smith in November 2011.

Last week, Dwayne Williams, 29, was also arrested and held for Smith’s murder.
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Police Investigating Shooting Death of 13-Year-Old Boy

MPD announced Wednesday that a 13-year-old boy was killed in a shooting in the 1400 block of Downing Street Northeast. Police say the cause and manner of his death is undetermined and the investigation is ongoing.

WJLA reports:

A 13-year-old boy who was shot while he and another child were playing with a loaded handgun has died, sources told ABC 7 Thursday morning.

The Washington Post writes:

Authorities have no one in custody at this time in connection with the teen’s Tuesday night death, said Gwendolyn Crump, a spokeswoman for the department.

Just after the 7:20 p.m. shooting, a police spokesman said investigators had one person in custody.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Second Man Arrested in Ronald Smith’s Murder

MPD announced Tuesday that a second man has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of Ronald Deacon Smith on November 14, 2011.

The man identified by police as Andre Dominique Hockday, 26, is suspected of first-degree murder while armed, police say. Dwayne Williams, 29, was also arrested and held for Smith’s death.

Smith, 27, was found with a gunshot wound to the head in the 1100 block of 21st Street Northeast. A second man was also wounded in the shooting.

Police believe Smith was murdered because he was a witness to the murder of Ervin Lamont Griffin.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Opening Arguments Heard in Trial of Daquan Tinker

Prosecutors say that Antwoine Boddie watched as Daquan Tinker ran across the 2600 block of Douglass Road Southeast and shot Terrence Robinson four times in a robbery attempt.

At the time, Boddie was being robbed by Tinker and four others, according to prosecutors, and he remembered the tall light-skinned man who put on a mask and held a gun to his head.

But Tinker’s defense attorney Andrew Crespo argued that after police learned Tinker was a light-skinned man from the area, they “stopped trying to solve the case,” and “starting trying to build a case” against Tinker. Crespo also told jurors that the case against Tinker lacks even a bullet fragment to tie him to Robinson’s murder.

Police found 48-year-old Robinson on August 4, 2012, in the 2600 block of Douglass Road Southeast suffering from four gunshot wounds. Tinker, now 18, is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, armed robbery, and six related charges in connection with Robinson’s death.

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Week in Review

In brief:

Two homicides were reported this week in D.C.:

Mark Kenyetta Bowser Jr., 35, was arrested and held in connection with the stabbing death of 39-year-old Tracy Womack. Charging documents say that Bowser entered Womack’s apartment uninvited, pushed into her bedroom and then stabbed Womack.

Lennard Sweeney was held on suspicion on first-degree murder while armed in connection with the stabbing death of Edward Eugene Hall Jr.

Dwayne Williams was arrested and held in connection with the November 2011 shooting death of Ronald Smith. Charging documents say that Williams and two other men identified Smith as a witness to the murder of Ervin Lamont Griffin, then Williams shot Smith.

Raheem Jones, 33, was arrested and held on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed in connection with the September shooting death of 27-year-old Deandria Conyers. Jones denied that he visited Conyers’ house on the day of her death, but charging documents say that Jones’ cell phone showed locations consistent with Conyers’ apartment.

Paul Jefferies was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder while armed in connection with the September 2013 death of Awele Olisemeka. Twenty-four-year-old Olisemeka died after being hit in the head with a brick near the Emery Recreation Center.

Manuel Garcia pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed Wednesday for the June 21 shooting of Luis E. Avila Melendez. According to the proffer of facts, Garcia flashed a gun at Melendez and another after an argument. Later, the men met up again on the 2500 block of Mozart Place Northwest, according to the documents. Melendez and the other man rushed towards Garcia, documents say, and Garcia moved toward them before shooting.

Jimmie Fleming pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter while armed in connection with the death of Derek Price and the death of Donchell Thomas. A press release says that prosecutors believe the shooting was unprovoked and without warning.

Lennard Sweeney was released from jail Friday while he awaits a preliminary hearing. Sweeney is suspected of first-degree murder while armed in connection with the stabbing death of Edward Eugene Hall Jr.

Anthony Cornell Jones Killed in SE D.C. Shooting


A shooting in the 2300 Block of Ainger Place killed 39-year-old Anthony Cornell Jones after midnight on Saturday morning, according to MPD.

Jones was found in the 2300 block of Ainger Place Southeast after an officer was struck by gunfire on their way to answer another call. The officer was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and other responding officers found Jones.

Jones was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Another man was found shot in the 2300 block of Ainger Place Southeast, and treated at a local hospital, according to police.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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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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Jimmie Fleming Pleads Guilty for Inside Car Shooting

Jimmie Fleming pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of voluntary manslaughter while armed; one for the death of Derek Price and another for the
death of Donchell Thomas. Fleming also pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault for the shooting of a third victim in the car.

Police found three men in a car at the intersection of North Capitol and T Street. Price and Thomas each had gunshot wounds to the head and both later died at a local hospital.

Prosecutors believe the shooting was unprovoked and without warning, according to a press release.

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Lennard Sweeney Released in Edward Hall Jr Murder

Judge John Ramsey Johnson released Lennard Sweeney from custody Friday while he awaits a preliminary hearing.

Sweeney is suspected of first-degree murder while armed in connection with the stabbing death of Edward Eugene Hall Jr. He will be required to make weekly in-person check-ins to Pretrial Services.
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Melvin George Charged in Assault that Killed Jeffrey Coleman

Judge Karen Howze ordered Melvin Kenneth George released under high-intensity supervision Thursday for the deadly assault of 46-year-old Jeffrey Coleman on May 24.

He was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with Coleman’s death on Sept. 18, three months after the alleged assault.
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