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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Khari Williams Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter While Armed

Khari Williams pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter while armed in the December 2012 shooting death of Angelo Payne.

He faces up to 30 years in prison for his charge.

In February 2013, Williams rejected a plea offer that would have given him a maximum of 18 years in prison on second-degree murder charges.
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Donzell Butler Sentenced in Stabbing Death of Charles Scott Jr: “From now on, I will do whatever it is I can do to make up for my actions.”

Judge John Ramsey Johnson ruled Friday that Donzell Butler will serve 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 Friday that the sentences for each will run consecutively, meaning that Butler will serve 160 months in prison.
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Calvin Shaw Found Guilty in Shooting Death of Crevontai Key

The jury delivered a verdict late Thursday afternoon after less than one day of deliberations in the case of Calvin Shaw.

Shaw was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder while armed and related assault and weapon charges in connection to two separate shootings and the death of 19-year-old Crevontai Key on July 4, 2012.

The trial lasted four days and all survivors and eye witnesses to the July 4, shooting where called up to the stand. Four of them identified 22-year-old Shaw as the man who pulled the trigger that day.

Judge Jennifer Anderson scheduled a sentencing hearing for June 20, 2014 at 11:30 A.M.

Alphonso Cleveland Pleads Guilty in Stabbing Death of Claudia Hall

Alphonso Cleveland, 51, pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the stabbing of his 51-year-old wife, Claudia Hall. He was initially charged with second-degree murder in connection with the case.

Hall was found by police on January 3 in her apartment on the 300 block of 18th Place Northeast.
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Joshua Andrews Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Shooting of Darond Lucas

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 shooting death of 17-year-old Darond Alonte Lucas.

Jurors delivered their verdict after four days of deliberations.
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Jurors Begin Deliberations in July 4 Shooting Death of Crevontai Key

UPDATE: Jurors found Calvin Shaw guilty on all counts Thursday afternoon after deliberating for approximately four hours.

Closing arguments in the case of Calvin Shaw were delivered Thursday after a four day trial full of emotional testimony by survivors of the shooting, something the defense calls “unreliable,” and “full of doubt.”

Crevontai Key, 19, was killed nearly two years ago on the Fourth of July while celebrating with five of his close friends. They were all shot at, twenty eight times, outside one of their homes in Northeast D.C.
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Daren Vaughn Released From Jail To Await His Second Trial

Daren Vaughn, 22, was released Thursday on a personal promise to return to court, pending a second trial in connection to the stabbing death of his best friend and neighbor Tyrell Swann.

During Thursday’s status hearing, defense attorney Jacqueline Cadman argued that Vaughn has no prior convictions and has been compliant and cooperative since his arrest on Sept. 27, 2012.
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Man Killed in Wednesday Afternoon Shooting May Have Committed Suicide

A man found dead from gunshot wounds inside a home on the 5600 block of Chillum Place Northeast may have committed suicide, according to MPD.
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