Jury Begins Deliberations in Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples case

During a six-day trial, prosecutors argued that Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples killed Michael Jones in an “ambush” that also wounded Jones’ brother Maurice. But defense attorneys say there was no an ambush, and Fleming’s attorney argued that there was no evidence to show a gun in Fleming’s hand.

Now it’s up to jurors to decide which version to believe.

Jones was killed two years ago on July 7, 2012, in the 1700 block of 7th Street Northwest. Fleming and Peoples are each charged with second-degree murder while armed, as well as tampering with physical evidence and eight related weapons charges in connection with his death.

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Michael Gayle Arrested in NC for Eboni Donally Murder

A man suspected of killing 31-year-old Eboni Domally was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to WCNC, a local NBC station.

Michael Gayle was arrested by U.S. marshals and Charlotte-Mecklenburg at his home in Charlotte. He was booked into Mecklenburg County Jail, the station reported.

Domally was found stabbed to death in the 5200 block of Queens Stroll Place Southeast on June 29. Police announced they were looking for Gayle and named him as a suspect on July 2.

DeAndre Shaheed Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder

DeAndre Shaheed pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder while armed for his role in the shooting death of Akinwole Williams.

In exchange, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the more serious charge of first-degree murder, conspiracy, attempted armed robbery and five other related charges. As part of the plea agreement, Shaheed will likely be sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge.

The plea comes almost three weeks before Shaheed and his co-defendants Floyd Neal and Lafeyette Robinson were scheduled to stand trial in the case. In court Tuesday, prosecutors did not indicate whether Shaheed will be required to testify against the other men.
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Comment of the Day: “I was one of the one’s who called 911”

This Comment of the Day comes from Brickcity all day, who writes about the shooting death of DaShawn Hammonds.

I was one of the one’s who called 911,for help.@ First we heard a low muffled sound & it didn’t sound like no firework’s to me.We heard bang,bang,bang & bang.We looked out front & all was cleared.We ran to the back & there was DaShawn Hammonds,laying on his side with shots to the head.We called 911,for help.DaShawn was trying to pull himself up.Read more

Police Seek Help to Identify Person of Interest in Murder of James Oh

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in the investigation of shooting death of Gold Corner Market owner James Oh.

MPD has released a footage of the man they are trying to identify, who was captured by the store’s surveillance camera approximately two hours before the shooting. Below is the video.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Prosecutors Not Seeking First-Degree Murder Charges Against Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples

One day before jury deliberations are expected to begin, prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges against Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples.

Instead, the two men will be charged with the lesser offense of second-degree murder while armed, as well as tampering with physical evidence and eight related weapons charges. Peoples and Fleming are charged in connection with the June 2012 shooting death of Michael Jones.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the choice to reduce the charges.
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Sunday Evening Shooting Kills One Person

Update 12:30 p.m.
MPD has identified the man shot in the 4700 block of Minnesota Avenue Northeast as 22-year-old Delonta Lavale Martin. A press release from MPD has been added to the bottom of this post.

A male person shot late Sunday evening in the 4700 block of Minnesota Avenue Northeast has died from his injuries, according to MPD.

The person’s age and name have not yet been identified.

Police say the person was found suffering with multiple gunshots wounds after officers responded to a call for the sound of gunshots around 9:41 p.m.

MPD is looking for a black male with medium complexion, weighing 180-190 pounds, in connection with the shooting.
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Week in Review

In brief:

Lawrence Wilkerson was arrested and ordered held in the May 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Rhett Gelb.

The trial of Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples, accused of fatally shooting Michael Edward Jones, got underway with opening statements Tuesday. Prosecutors say Fleming and Peoples ambushed and shot at Jones and his brother, killing one and injuring the other.

A judge sentenced 23-year-old James Brown Friday to 18 months in prison for shooting Darnell Rivers after Rivers and another man kidnapped his brother for ransom.

Howard Randolph was sentenced to two years Friday for a fist fight that led to Rayshawn Hailstock’s death, after a single punch on June 30, 2013.

A judge ordered Kevin Boykins to remain in jail Friday in connection with the January shooting death of Kevin Larnard James after a preliminary hearing.

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] gmail.com. To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.
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Police: Kevin Larnard James Killed Over Debt Dispute

A judge ordered Kevin Boykins to remain in jail Friday in connection with the January shooting death of Kevin Larnard James.

Police found 48-year-old James seated on the driver’s side of a BMW with a gunshot wound to the head on January 16 in the 1500 block of Gallatin Place Northeast. Police believe James was killed after a heated exchange with Boykins via text messages about a debt, documents say.

According to charging documents, James demanded Boykins pay him for money owed and threatened to collect the debt from Boykins’ family if he wasn’t repaid. Boykins promised to pay James that evening, but was offended by the threats to his family, documents say. Read more