In closing arguments Friday, prosecutors portrayed the murder of Anthony Garland Rice as a calculated and well-planned execution, carried out by his cousin, Claire Rice, in order to cash in on two life insurance policies.
Rice’s defense said she didn’t need the money and argued that Anthony Rice may have simply been killed in a robbery.
“Looks are deceiving, because when you look at Claire Rice for the first time, you might not think about that gun she purchased right before the murder,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff told the jury.
William Jackson, 27, was ordered released to a halfway house Friday after he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed for the July 13 shooting death of Delonte Hemphill.
While responding to reports of gunshots in the 3500 block of 6th Street Southeast, police found Hemphill, 22, on the front steps of an apartment building, lying on his right side, and suffering from a gunshot wound. Police discovered blood, a torn braided hair, a multi-colored umbrella, and a pair of glasses lying in the blood on the front stoop near Hemphill.
A witness told police it saw Jackson or “Chill Will,” arguing with a man known to belong to a crew named “Trenton Park,” according to court documents. The witness then saw another member of the crew join the argument, leading to a physical confrontation.
A judge found substantial probability Friday in the case against Davon Davis, 23, who is accused of stabbing his uncle to death on November 17. He is suspected of second-degree murder.
Davis’s attorney argued that the 23-year-old acted in self-defense.
James Byron Davis, 53, was found suffering from multiple stabs wounds in the 5000 block of Just Street Northeast. He died at a local hospital.
MPD Detective Anthony Paci testified Friday that the uncle’s sister told police she and her brother had an argument the night he died. She said her brother accused her of moving a table “with her mind,” Paci told the court. He added: “She told me her brother was a paranoid schizophrenic.”
Gregory Allen Green, 26, pleaded innocent Friday to first-degree murder while armed, armed robbery and three weapons charges for the March shooting death of 35-year-old Derrick Eugene Williams.
On March 29, police found Williams lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the head in the 1200 block of Eaton Road Southeast.
William Jackson, 27, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed for the shooting death of 22-year-old Delonte Hemphill.
On July 13, police officers found Hemphill suffering from a gunshot wound in the 3500 block of 6th Street, Southeast. Hemphill died in a local hospital.
A press release from MPD is after the jump.
Antonio Hester pleaded innocent Thursday to first-degree murder and two weapons charges in the shooting that killed Tracy McFadden on June 19, 2013.
At 2:28 a.m., McFadden, 44, was found on the 2700 block of Georgia Avenue Northwest suffering from six gunshot wounds, including four to his neck. He died at a local hospital.
Hester’s romantic partner at the the time told police that Hester and Mcfadden had two different heated arguments while they were inside the Chuck and Billy nightclub, MPD Detective Ricardo Leiva testified at a preliminary hearing.
A judge sentenced Don Demichie Page Jr. to 14 years in prison Thursday for the June 2013 shooting death of Quentin Lavar White.
Page pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed in October.
During a victim impact statement, White’s widow said that Page had a relationship with White and he took more than one life that night.
“This wasn’t a stranger who shot him,” Brittani White told the court. “He knew him and I feel like when he killed one person, he took three lives.” She added that she has two sons that won’t ever see their father again.
Demitrich Jones and William Smallwood pleaded innocent Thursday to five criminal charges including felony murder while armed for the shooting death of 33-year-old Rashard Raigns in June.
Jones, who is 16 years old, has been charged as an adult. In addition to the murder charge, Jones faces one count of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and two weapon offenses.
Smallwood, 22, is charged with a third weapons-related offense in place of the robbery charge. Read more
A jury must now decide if Andre Miles killed Sandy Green III, after attorneys made their final arguments Wednesday.
“It’s first degree [murder] because after shooting him four times, [Green] falls to the ground and [Miles] shoots him two more times in his back,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Liebman said. “And he carried [the gun] there and he carried it away, which is why the police didn’t find it.”
According to the government, Miles was dating Green’s girlfriend’s younger sister. Miles killed Green because Green told him to stay away from her, Liebman alleged.
But defense attorney Billy Ponds argued that Miles had no motive. He had multiple girlfriends at any given time, Ponds said. Miles would hardly have cared if he was told to stay away from just one of those girls.
“He’s no killer, he’s a lover,” Ponds told jurors in his closing arguments Wednesday. “Charge him as guilty of being a serial dater.”
A judge found probable cause that Jarod Yorkshire committed first-degree murder and obstruction of justice for his alleged role in the death of Derrick Ragland.
Yorkshire, 21, is the second suspect linked to Ragland’s murder. In September, a judge declared a mistrial in the case against Raymond Faunteroy after jurors couldn’t reach a verdict on any charges against him.
“The evidence is pretty compelling,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner said. “He is knee deep in murder.”