Grand Jury Charges Howard Bruce Randolph with Involuntary Manslaughter in Death of Rayshawn Hailstock

This post has been updated with a copy of the indictment and warrant, added below.

An arrest was made Monday in connection with the June death of 21-year-old Rayshawn Hailstock, MPD said.

The defendant, identified by police as Howard Bruce Randolph, 25, is suspected of involuntary manslaughter.

According to court records, a warrant was issued for him on the charge based on an original indictment from the Grand Jury. He is expected to be arraigned January 7.

Hailstock was found unconscious in the 2300 block of Alabama Avenue Southeast around 8:30 p.m. June 30; he later died at the hospital. A statement issued by police the next day said they believe Hailstock had been in a fight.

Dr. Lois Goslinosky conducted Hailstock’s autopsy the day after his death and determined that the cause of death was blunt impact injuries of the head and neck. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Hailstock had testified in the Davon Holmes murder trial three days prior to his death; MPD Chief Cathy Lanier said in June that his testimony and death were unrelated.

A press release from MPD is below

December 31, 2013

Arrest Made in Homicide: 2300 Block of Alabama Avenue, SE

(Washington, DC)-Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced that an arrest has been made in the homicide which occurred in the 2300 block of Alabama Avenue, SE.

On Sunday, June 30, 2013, at approximately 8:25 pm, members of the Seventh District were flagged down and advised of a fight in progress and an unconscious male in the 2300 block of Alabama Avenue, SE. Upon arrival, they located an adult male lying on the ground in an unconscious state. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent is identified as 21 year-old Rayshawn Hailstock of Northeast, Washington, DC.

On Monday, December 30, 2013, at approximately 11:20 am, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 25-year-old Howard Bruce Randolph of Southeast, Washington, DC pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Involuntary Manslaughter in connection to the death of Rayshawn Hailstock.

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