Two men were killed in separate shootings in Southeast DC last weekend. Darnell Rivers was killed a little before 8 p.m. last Saturday in the 5000 block of Ayers Place SE. Angelo Alphonso Payne was killed hours later, shortly after midnight in the 3400 block of Croffut Place. The two deaths brought DC’s 2012 homicide count to 92.
Judge Herbert Dixon moved forward with Ellsworth Colbert’s trial Wednesday morning, denying a motion to continue the trial and insisting that it go forward as scheduled. The trial is expected to begin Monday.
Malik Shabazz, who legally changed his name from Maurice Yancey, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the murder of Demetrius Dempsey. Dempsey, 34, died December 13, 2010, more than three years after being beaten in the face with a brick; his death was ruled a homicide in January 2011.
Samuel Nelson pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed in connection with the stabbing death of Darnell Howard. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 5. Howard, 36, died October 2, 2012, after being taken to the hospital with several stab wounds to his body.
Finally, Homicide Watch DC’s Year in Review 2012 is now complete. Catch up on our two-week special report on the year in homicides here.