Murder Charges Dismissed in Case Against Ladonte Hawkins and Rico Carr

Ladonte Hawkins, 20, and Rico Carr, 23, were released from jail on April 11 when Judge Rhonda Winston granted prosecutors’ request to dismiss their case without prejudice.

Hawkins had been held for nearly 9 months, since August 2013, on suspicion of felony murder in connection with the stabbing death of 19-year-old Kelvin Jamal Willis. Carr was arrested nearly six weeks later on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with Willis’s November 2010 death.

Spokesperson Bill Miller explained via email that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is continuing with its prosecution of co-defendant Robert Crowder and investigation in the case is ongoing.
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Comment of the Day: “Life is entirely too short, you never know when death will appear.”

abu Samirah writes about Virgil Wood, 22, who died of multiple gunshot wounds in Southeast D.C., on April 8.

From Allaah do we come, to Allaah do we return(This is what the Muslim utters upon hearing death).I knew this brother, I know his grand mother,his father, family and the mother of his child. I received the news via text around 3 a.m. and have been up since then. Life is entirely too short, you never know when death will appear. Hence the reason it is imperative to be good to others, to do righteous good deeds and to rectify your affairs with your Lord. I pray that Allaah forgive my brother in Islaam of his sins, and grant him paradise. May he (Allaah) tranquil the hearts of his family during this most difficult period Aameen…

Charges Dropped in Case Against Jermaine Brown

Jermaine Brown, 34, was released from jail Wednesday after Judge Ronna Beck granted the prosecution’s request to dismiss the case without prejudice.

The government dismissed the case but will continue to investigate,” explained spokesperson William Miller via email on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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Comment of the Day: “India please know that you are in a place without harm or hurt, no pain, pure happiness and peace.”

TANIKA writes about India Chapple, 26, who died from a stab wound last Saturday in Southeast D.C.

Ms. India Chapple you were an amazing person. I had the pleasure of meeting you at my daughter’s school. We would talk whenever I would see you. I thought back on the day our cars got booted and how we were trying to figure out the next step. It’s funny how the small things in life become a big part of our lives. Our small talks touched me and I will hold them dear to my heart. India you were very helpful, always smiling and just a vibrant young woman. To say my heart is heavy is an understatement. My daughter came home today saying how she was not going to see you anymore; confused and unclear as to what happened it was that moment I realized how much she will miss you. I can only imagine how your own babies must feel; one thing I know is that you loved them very much.
India please know that you are in a place without harm or hurt, no pain, pure happiness and peace. I trust that God will keep your babies safe. I will keep them and your loved ones in my prayers. You will forever be missed.
 Tanika

Probable Cause Found Against Gregory Green in the Shooting Death of Derrick Williams

Judge John Ramsey Johnson ruled Tuesday that there is probable cause to continue holding Gregory Allen Green, 25, in connection with the shooting death of Derrick Eugene Williams.

Williams, 35, was found lying on the sidewalk shortly after midnight on March 29 in the 1200 block of Eaton Place Southeast with a gunshot wound to his head. Four days later, Green was held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder while armed, felony murder, and attempted robbery.

Johnson cited the seriousness of the charges and Green’s prior convictions as reasons for holding Green. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrienne Dedjinou said Tuesday that Green was on supervised release for a drug charge and a robbery charge when Williams was killed.
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Tracy Mathis Held in Connection with Stabbing Death of India Chapple

Tracy Mathis, 30, was held without bond Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 26-year-old India Chapple, a woman that he had two children with.

Charging documents say Chapple was found on April 19 at approximately 2:19 a.m. lying on the ground outside of Mathis’s apartment building, conscious with an apparent stab wound to the chest. Less than an hour later, she was pronounced dead. Charging documents say that a medical examiner determined that the stab wound pierced her lung and heart.

Later that morning, Mathis was arrested. According to charging documents, Mathis told police that he and Chapple were romantically involved in the past, but have been apart for about eight years.
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Week in Review

In brief:
Two people died last week in homicides:

  • Hubert Hunter died last Thursday after being shot in Northeast D.C. near Marvin Gaye Park, according to MPD.
  • India Chapple, 26, died Saturday after being stabbed in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road Southeast. Tracy Mathis, 30, also of Southeast DC, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed in connection with Chapple’s death.

Khari Williams pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter while armed in the shooting death of Angelo Payne. Police found 23-year-old Payne on December 30, 2012 on the 3400 block of Croffut Place Southeast, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Donzell Butler was sentenced Friday to more than 13 years in prison for the July 2012 stabbing death of Charles Anthony Scott Jr. Butler pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault with significant bodily injury in January. Judge Johnson ruled that Butler will serve 160 months in prison.

Jurors found Calvin Shaw guilty of all 40 criminal counts he faced less than four hours after closing arguments. Shaw was charged in connection with the shooting death of Crevontai Key, who was killed nearly two years ago on the fourth of July while celebrating with five of his close friends.

Alphonso Cleveland, 51, pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter in connection to the stabbing death of his wife Claudia Hall. According to plea documents, an argument over the cable bill lead to a physical altercation where Cleveland strangled and stabbed Hall.

After four days of deliberations, Joshua Andrews was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder while armed, assault with intent to kill, and other five related charges in connection to the death of 17-year-old Darond Alonte Lucas.

Carlton Maurice Johnson was arrested and held in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Anthony Chase and 27-year-old Eric Leeper. Charging documents say that one witness saw a person it identified as Johnson exit a car in the 3900 block of C Street Southeast and put a t-shirt over his head. Shortly after, the witness saw the same person chase down and shoot Chase and Leeper.

Antonio Williams pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the March 1 death of Andre McIntyre. Judge Jennifer Anderson will wait to accept or decline William’s plea until McIntyre’s family can speak in court for William’s sentencing on June 13.

Michael Marshall pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting of Antonio Headspeth. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of first-degree premeditated murder while armed and five related gun charges.

After prosecutors decided not to take the case to trial for a third time, Judge Lynn Leibovitz dismissed all charges against James Sandidge. Sandidge has been held since October 2011 in connection with Keenan Jerel Lee’s death.

Daren Vaughn was released Thursday on a personal promise to return to court, pending his second trial in connection to the stabbing death of his best friend and neighbor Tyrell Swann. Vaughn will face a second trial for the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter while armed and for carrying a dangerous weapon, charges for which jurors couldn’t reach verdicts.

A man found dead inside a home on the 5600 block of Chillum Place Northeast may have shot himself in a suicide, according to MPD.

Joseph Chandler Ordered Held for Mental Observation

During a status hearing Friday, Joseph Chandler was ordered by Judge Jennifer Anderson to report to St. Elizabeths Hospital for a 30 day observation.

Defense attorney Katerina Semyonova was denied a motion to have the observations done at Chandler’s home, arguing complications with Chandler’s recent knee surgery have made it difficult for him to leave his bed.
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Tracy Mathis Arrested in Early Morning SE DC Stabbing Death of India Chapple

A 26-year-old Southeast DC woman was fatally stabbed early Saturday morning; police identified her as India Chapple.

Police said they responded to a call for an unconscious person in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road Southeast shortly after 2 a.m. Chapple was transported to a hospital before she died of her injuries.

Later Saturday morning, 30-year-old Tracy Mathis, also of Southeast DC, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed in connection with Chapple’s death.

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 [at] gmail.com. To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.
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