Man Killed in Wednesday Afternoon Shooting May Have Committed Suicide

A man found dead from gunshot wounds inside a home on the 5600 block of Chillum Place Northeast may have committed suicide, according to MPD.
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Week in Review

In brief:

Two homicides were reported in D.C. this week:

Kahlil Malik Tatum was found dead from an apparent suicide in Kenilworth Park on Monday. Police suspect Tatum is the abductor of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who is still missing.

Gregory Allen Green was arrested and held on suspicion of first-degree murder while armed, felony murder and attempted robbery in connection with the shooting death of Derrick Eugene Williams. Charging documents say a witness said that Green was one of two people standing over Williams moments after three gunshots were heard.

Antonio Williams was held on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Andre McIntyre. According to charging documents, two witnesses told police that McIntyre owed money to Williams for “drugs bought on credit” prior to the attack.

Rashad Slye was sentenced to 17 years in prison for second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death and attempted robbery of Domingo Ezirike, a 40-year-old cab driver from Prince Georges County. Prosecutors say that Ezirike stopped to pick up Slye and his girlfriend in his cab, but after an argument, Slye shot Ezirike.

Judge John Ramsey Johnson dismissed the case against Asia Dontrese Moore, suspected in connection to the stabbing death of her boyfriend Marvin Harvey. Bill Miller, spokesman for the United States Attorney’s Office, explained that the investigation of Harvey’s death will continue.

The retrial of Joshua Andrews began with opening arguments this week. Four months ago, a jury was unable to decide whether Andrews was guilty or innocent of first-degree murder while armed in the 2010 shooting death of Darond Alonte Lucas.

Attorneys gave their opening arguments in the case of Antoine Little, charged with second-degree murder while armed and carrying a dangerous weapon in connection with the stabbing death of James Eric Cain. Prosecutors say Little stabbed Cain five times after Cain called Little a “fake Muslim.” But Little’s defense attorneys say he acted in self-defense.

Jurors began deliberations in the murder trial of Donte Graves, charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Tyrone Joyner. In closing arguments Wednesday, defense attorneys said Joyner could have been shot and killed by another man, while prosecutors said eyewitness testimony proves Graves was the shooter.

The trial of Daren Vaughn continued this week with the defense’s case. Vaughn is charged with premeditated first-degree murder, felony murder, armed robbery and related weapons offenses in connection with the stabbing death of 23-year-old Tyrell Swann.

Relisha Rudd Case: Police Release Video of Person Who May Have Information

MPD has released a video of a person who who appears to be walking off an escalator in a DC area metro station. MPD is trying to identify that person in connection with the disappearance of eight-year-old Relisha Rudd. They say he may have information about the girl.

The video, and MPD’s press release, is below.

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Trial Begins for Antoine Little in the Stabbing Death of James Cain

Prosecutors say Antoine Little stabbed 53-year-old James Eric Cain five times after Cain called Little a “fake Muslim.” But in opening arguments Thursday, Little’s defense attorneys say that Little saw a “frenzied look” on Cain’s face that day and knew his life was on the line.

Imagine a 265-pound, six-foot-three-inch Cain, drunk and high on cocaine, steaming mad and charging straight at you,” defense attorney Andrew Crespo told jurors in opening statements.

Police found Cain on June 25, 2012, in the 1500 block of Kenilworth Avenue Northeast suffering from five stab wounds, including one to the throat that perforated his jugular vein. Little, 36, is charged with second-degree murder while armed and carrying a dangerous weapon in connection with Cain’s death.
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Police Ask for Tips in Relisha Rudd Abduction

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham urged the public to come forward with any information that might lead authorities to the location of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. Police, along with volunteers, have been searching Kenilworth Park for Rudd since late last week.

Newsham said that the search of the park, the “best chance” to find Rudd “with the information we have”, is expected to conclude by Thursday.

On Monday, the man suspected of abducting Rudd, Kahlil Malik Tatum, was found dead in a storage shed from an apparent suicide.

Emphasizing that the search in Kenilworth Park was sparked by a tip, Newsham encouraged anyone with information to come forward. Newsham added that though the number of tips has dwindled, the investigation will continue beyond the park.

Below is a collection of reports from other media outlets.
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Park Search for Relisha Rudd Expected to Conclude Wednesday or Thursday

Missing eight-year-old Relisha Rudd remained missing Tuesday afternoon, more than 24 hours after the man who is accused of abducting her was found dead of a self-inflected gunshot wound.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, MPD Chief Cathy Lanier said that that man, Kahlil Malik Tatum, had been dead for at least 36 hours— and as long as several days— when found by authorities in a storage shed at Kenilworth Park.
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Links Roundup: Man Found Dead in Kenilworth Park

Update: MPD has confirmed the identity of the man found as Kahlil Malik Tatum. A press release has been added to the bottom of this post.

Update: MPD has tentatively identified the man found as Kahlil Tatum.

Police say an adult man found in woods of Kenilworth Park in Northeast D.C. appears to have committed suicide. Law enforcement officers have been searching the park in connection with the abduction of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who has been missing since March 1.

During a press conference Monday afternoon, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said law enforcement cannot yet say if the man found is Kahlil Tatum, the janitor suspected in Rudd’s abduction and the death of his wife.

Instead, Lanier turned the focus to Rudd, promising that the search in the park will likely continue for “a few more days.”

Our primary focus here was to find Relisha,” Lanier said. “We’re not finished.”
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Mayoral Candidates Pledge to End Homicide

In what was once the murder capital of the United States, three mayoral candidates pledged to end homicide once and for all.

We believe that one murder is one murder too many,” said David Bowers, the event’s organizer. “There should be some righteous indignation within the community when any person is gunned down in our streets.” Read more

Search for Relisha Rudd Continues at Kenilworth Aquatic Park

The search for missing DC eight-year-old Relisha Rudd continues Friday, with more than 100 experts searching the more than 700-acre park Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Rudd hasn’t been seen since on March 1.

On Friday Lanier said experts will continue to search the park through the weekend. MPD may ask community groups to help with searching the park early next week.

Lanier said investigators continue to pursue other leads in the case, too.
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Lanier: Despite “Recovery Mission…We Have Not Given Up Hope That We May Still Find Relisha Alive.”

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier spoke with reporters outside the Kennilworth Aquatic Gardens Thursday afternoon, where police were searching for signs of missing eight-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd.

Lanier was fearful that the child may be dead.

While this current operation in the Aquatic Gardens is best described as a recovery mission, we have not given up that we may still find Relisha alive,” she said.

Lanier said Rudd was last seen on March 1. She was with Kahlil Tatum with her mother’s permission. Tatum was seen several times after March 1, but has not been seen since March 20, when his wife was found killed in Prince George’s County. A warrant for first-degree murder has been issued for Tatum in connection with his wife’s death.

Lanier said police are pursuing many leads, among them the search of the Kennilworth Aquatic Park. Lanier said Tatum was seen in the area of the park on March 2, the same day he bought black 42-gallon contractors’ trash bags.

Earlier this week, the FBI released a video of Tatum with Rudd and asked the public’s help in locating the two.

Reports WJLA:

At D.C. General Wednesday, teams of police cadets searched the grounds and eventually inside the homeless shelter where Relisha Rudd lived with her family. Rudd was last seen on Feb. 26 and is believed to be with Khalil Tatum.

They’re doing a door-to-door canvas to try to see if they can locate any witnesses that we have not yet interviewed,” says Cmrd. Danny Hickson of the Metropolitan Police Department Youth Investigation Division.

Reports Fox5:

On Wednesday, D.C. officials announced that Tatum had posed as Relisha’s doctor, taking calls from her elementary school teacher and telling them the little girl was sick. Officials familiar with the investigation say Rudd’s mother, grandmother and Tatum were all working together in an effort to fool teachers and administrators at Payne Elementary School into believing the 8-year-old was not coming to school because she was sick.

“He basically assured the school the child had been ill and gave some detailed information around that,” said Bebe Otero, the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services.