Two men accused of taking part in fatal shooting during a craps game in Southeast DC are expected to stand trial Monday.
Judge Thomas Motley on Tuesday ordered government and defense attorneys to be ready for trial Monday morning. Defense counsel for one of the defendants, Curtis Patterson, had argued at the last several status hearings to postpone the trial. Motley refused, saying that his trial calendar for the year was already filled and that a continuance would inordinately delay the case.
Angelo Jones, known as “Lochie,” was shot multiple times in the early morning hours of Oct. 2. At a preliminary hearing, MPD Homicide Detective James Wilson testified that according to a witness, Jones was playing craps with a group of people in a parking lot off of Dix St. when Rickey Pharr approached the group and accused Jones of cooperating with law enforcement in a criminal investigation.
Pharr was arrested in November 2010 on suspicion of first-degree murder while armed. Curtis Patterson was indicted in connection with the case in October 2011. The indictment charged Patterson lied to the Grand Jury twice about Jones’ death, once saying that the night Jones was killed Pharr never asked him for a weapon and once saying that the night Jones was killed he never gave Pharr a weapon.
The indictment alleges that Pharr did in fact ask Patterson for a weapon, that Patterson gave Pharr a gun, and that Pharr used that gun to shoot and kill Jones.