Davon Thomas Appears in Court on Suspicion of Killing Grandfather

Police say a grandfather’s attempt to confront his grandson Jan. 17 over visitors he brought to the family’s apartment resulted in the grandfather’s death.

Officers arrested 23-year-old Davon Thomas Tuesday, five days after his grandfather, Emanuel Campbell, died. Campbell had spent nearly two weeks there in critical condition.

Thomas, 23, appeared in court Wednesday, where he was ordered held on suspicion of second-degree murder.

According to charing documents in the case, two witnesses told police that on Jan. 17 Thomas was arguing with 53-year-old Campbell in the apartment Thomas shared with his grandparents at the 2000 block of Maryland Avenue Northeast. Later, when Campbell was preparing dinner, Thomas entered the room and resumed the argument. Campbell stabbed Thomas behind his ear, a witness told police according to the charging documents.

The witness said Campbell then left the apartment. When the witness went outside, Campbell was laying on the ground, bleeding from his head.

I hit that mother f–,” the witness said Thomas said, “he’s outside on the ground.”

Thomas told investigators he was trying to escort Campbell inside the home when Campbell stabbed him. He then punched Campbell, according to court documents.

Charging documents describe Thomas’ wound as a “superficial cut.”

Police arrived at 11:45 p.m. that night, responding to reports of a stabbing.

Hospital staff found Campbell was intoxicated, had swollen eyes and an abrasion on his face. A CAT scan performed on Campbell discovered bleeding in his brain. Hospital staff placed Campbell on life support as his condition worsened, according to charging documents.

He died Jan. 31, police say.

Charging documents are below:


A press release from MPD has been added to this post below.

February 6, 2013
Arrest in the Homicide: 2000 Block of Maryland Avenue, NE
(Washington, DC) — Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced today a suspect has been arrested in connection with a homicide that occurred in the 2000 block of Maryland Avenue, Northeast.

On Thursday, Jan 17, 2013, at approximately 11:45 pm, units from the Fifth District responded to 2008 Maryland Ave., NE to investigate a report of an unconscious male. Upon arrival, they located the decedent who was suffering from apparent trauma to his head. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the decedent to an area hospital where he was admitted in critical condition.

On Thursday, January 31, 2013, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. On Friday, February 1, 2013, an autopsy was conducted on the remains of the decedent at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt injuries. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The decedent is identified as 53-year-old Emanuel Campbell of Northeast, DC.

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 23 year-old Davon Thomas was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force pursuant to an arrest warrant charging him with Murder Two for the homicide of Emanuel Campbell.

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