After a decline in the number of domestic violence homicides during 2012, it appears that the number of homicide victims related to domestic violence may rise again this year.
Within the first two months of 2014, domestic violence related homicides have taken the lives of four people and injured one other person. Two domestic violence deaths in late 2013 were declared homicides in 2014 and are included in this year’s count, bringing the total to date to six.
This year, the deaths of Tykia Dickerson, Detra Martin, Claudia Hall, and Leroi Elliott, one-month-old Hakeem Brown, and one other infant have been confirmed as related to domestic violence.
During all of 2013, 11 homicides were classified as domestic-violence related by MPD.
According to Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham while the number of domestic violence related homicides is up, it is “too soon to say if it is a trend.” The Metropolitan Police Department is watching the increase carefully, says Newsham, but there no indication that they are related.
Winter storm Titan has buried the District in snow and prompted officials to close Moultrie Courthouse Monday. All criminal cases and arraigments scheduled for Mar. 3 will be postponed until Mar. 4.
The trial of Montez and David Warren, which began last month, is among the trials postponed. Testimony is expected to resume Tuesday at 10:45 a.m.
The trial of Keir Johnson, Lester Williams, Robert Givens, and Marcellus Jackson, which began several months ago, is also among the trials postponed. Testimony is expected to resume Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
A man believed to be homeless, known around his neighborhood for selling bootleg CDs, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the stabbing death of 37-year-old Sean West.
Richard Williams, 43, chose to represent himself at trial in December 2013 as he faced charges of second-degree murder while armed and related offenses.
Williams was diagnosed with a malingering personality disorder and alcohol dependency in April 2013 after several mental health observations. He was found competent for trial in November 2013 and refused legal representation short after.
A fire and subsequent water damage prompted the Moultrie Courthouse building to close Tuesday, spokeswoman Leah Gurowitz announced Tuesday morning. All criminal and juvenile cases previously scheduled for Feb. 11 will be postponed until Feb. 12.
Matters scheduled in other buildings, like the crime victims compensation program, are not affected, Gurowitz said.
Richard Williams was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison in connection with the stabbing death of Sean West in 2010.
Williams was found guilty of second-degree murder in the case in December.
A press release from the US Attorney’s Office is after the jump.
MPD has announced an arrest in the 1999 shooting death of 18-year-old Kelvin Howard. Police say 35-year-old Anthony Gray of Southeast DC was arrested Tuesday. He is the second arrest in the case, police say.
A press release is after the jump.
The 2009 shooting death of Southeast DC man Michael George Colbert was closed Tuesday with the arrest of 30-year-old Quinn Johnson, also of Southeast DC.
Johnson is suspected of first-degree murder while armed, police said.
MPD’s press release is after the jump.
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MPD has identified the man killed Tuesday in a police-involved shooting as as 19-year-old Darius Jamal Murphy from Northeast D.C.
According to the release, members of the narcotics division and the gun recovery unit attempted to stop Murphy at 9:05 p.m. in the 1300 block of Queen Street Northeast. In response, MPD says, Murphy fired a handgun at the officers, wounding one.
The officers returned fire and hit Murphy. Both Murphy and the officer were transported to a hospital for treatment, but Murphy died from his injuries.
A press release is after the jump. Read more
A man was killed and an MPD officer injured in a shootout in Trinidad about 9 o’clock Tuesday night.
Reports NBC Washington:
Members of the department’s Gun Recovery Unit were in the Trinidad neighborhood on an investigation when the shooting occurred, said D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
The shooter and an officer with the unit exchanged gunfire.
Both were shot, and were transported to a local hospital.
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