Week in Review

In brief:

Lawrence Wilkerson was arrested and ordered held in the May 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Rhett Gelb.

The trial of Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples, accused of fatally shooting Michael Edward Jones, got underway with opening statements Tuesday. Prosecutors say Fleming and Peoples ambushed and shot at Jones and his brother, killing one and injuring the other.

A judge sentenced 23-year-old James Brown Friday to 18 months in prison for shooting Darnell Rivers after Rivers and another man kidnapped his brother for ransom.

Howard Randolph was sentenced to two years Friday for a fist fight that led to Rayshawn Hailstock’s death, after a single punch on June 30, 2013.

A judge ordered Kevin Boykins to remain in jail Friday in connection with the January shooting death of Kevin Larnard James after a preliminary hearing.

Week in Review

In brief:

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

  • Alonzo Gregory Beasley, 52, was killed in a stabbing at 22nd and I Street Northeast on Sunday afternoon, according to MPD.
  • DaShawn Hammonds, 23, was killed early Sunday morning in a shooting in the 1200 Block of Simms Place Northeast. Police officers found Hammonds unconscious and unresponsive at approximately 5:23 a.m.
  • Michael Hrizuk, 57, died from injuries sustained in a beating that occurred in Northwest D.C. nearly two weeks earlier. Police have ruled his death was a homicide.
  • MPD announced they are seeking the public’s help in identifying two persons of interest in the investigation into the murder of 76-year-old James Oh. Officers found Oh suffering from head trauma at approximately 5:19 p.m. on July 4 in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue Northwest.
  • The death of a man found beaten Sunday was ruled a homicide. Benjamin Jennings was found unconscious in the 1200 block of Bladensburg Road, Northeast shortly on July 6 and died the following evening.

Jurors found David Shepherd guilty of six criminal counts, including first-degree murder, in connection with the shooting death of Henry Charles Miller. During the five-day trial, prosecutors argued that evidence showed Shepherd intended to shoot Miller after an argument, but Shepherd took the stand to tell jurors it was self-defense.

Judge Jennifer Anderson sentenced David Jamal Wilson Friday to nine years in prison for the 2013 stabbing death of Howard Venable Jr. Wilson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed in May.

Frank Lee Branding, suspected of involuntary manslaughter, was released into high-intensity supervision Friday. Police believe Blanding killed an unidentified man when he punched the man twice and drove away after the man asked him for money and threatened him.

Attorneys for Joseph Chandler announced he will not move forward with an insanity defense. Chandler, 76, is charged with second-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting death of Shirley Tucker.

Rasdavid Lagarde pleaded innocent to eight criminal charges Friday, including first-degree murder while armed, in the shooting death of Omar Sykes. Sykes, a Howard University student, was killed around 11:30 p.m. on July 4, 2013.

Judge Rhonda Winston sentenced Andre Burks Thursday to 15 years in prison for the fatal shooting of Antwan Boseman, which also wounded another man. Burks pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed and assault with a deadly weapon on June 2.

Malik Bilal was arrested and held on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed in connection with the death of Alonzo Gregory Beasley. Charging documents say a witness told police that Beasley and Bilal had been arguing for the past two days.

Judge Rhonda Reid Winston denied David Warren a new trial Monday with an order signed in her chambers. Judge Winston also amended Warren’s sentence on an armed carjacking charge by adding three years to the total in order to meet minimum sentencing standards.

Week in Review

In brief:

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

  • Early Sunday morning, 31-year-old Eboni Domally was found stabbed multiple times in the 5200 block of Queens Stroll Place Southeast, according to MPD.
  • Darryl Delonta Jacobs, 23, was killed in a shooting in the 1900 block of H Street Northeast early Monday morning, MPD said.
  • Police found 64-year-old Barbara Moore Friday night suffocated in a residence in the 4100 block of Gault Place Northeast, MPD announced Monday.

James Johnson, 30, was arrested and held on suspicion of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Talbert Mitchell Bright. Charging documents allege that Johnson shot Bright in a park near 2nd Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW over a can of beer.

Joshua Andrews, 22, was sentenced to 41 and a half years in prison by Judge Rhonda Winston. Jurors found Andrews guilty of first-degree murder while armed, assault with intent to kill, and other five related charges in the June 2010 death of Darond Alonte Lucas.

Two charges of obstruction of justice against David Shepherd were dropped by prosecutors’ request three days before opening arguments in the trial charging David Shepherd in connection with the death of Henry Charles Miller.

Police identified Michael Gayle as a suspect in the stabbing death of Eboni Domally and asked for the public’s help in apprehending him. According to a press release, Gayle should be considered armed and dangerous.

Nilson Maldonado, 26, was arrested and held on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed in the shooting death of Anthony Sanc