Week in Review

In brief:

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

Mark Kenyetta Bowser Jr., 35, was arrested and held in connection with the stabbing death of 39-year-old Tracy Womack. Charging documents say that Bowser entered Womack’s apartment uninvited, pushed into her bedroom and then stabbed Womack.

Lennard Sweeney was held on suspicion on first-degree murder while armed in connection with the stabbing death of Edward Eugene Hall Jr.

Dwayne Williams was arrested and held in connection with the November 2011 shooting death of Ronald Smith. Charging documents say that Williams and two other men identified Smith as a witness to the murder of Ervin Lamont Griffin, then Williams shot Smith.

Raheem Jones, 33, was arrested and held on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed in connection with the September shooting death of 27-year-old Deandria Conyers. Jones denied that he visited Conyers’ house on the day of her death, but charging documents say that Jones’ cell phone showed locations consistent with Conyers’ apartment.

Paul Jefferies was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder while armed in connection with the September 2013 death of Awele Olisemeka. Twenty-four-year-old Olisemeka died after being hit in the head with a brick near the Emery Recreation Center.

Manuel Garcia pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed Wednesday for the June 21 shooting of Luis E. Avila Melendez. According to the proffer of facts, Garcia flashed a gun at Melendez and another after an argument. Later, the men met up again on the 2500 block of Mozart Place Northwest, according to the documents. Melendez and the other man rushed towards Garcia, documents say, and Garcia moved toward them before shooting.

Jimmie Fleming pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter while armed in connection with the death of Derek Price and the death of Donchell Thomas. A press release says that prosecutors believe the shooting was unprovoked and without warning.

Lennard Sweeney was released from jail Friday while he awaits a preliminary hearing. Sweeney is suspected of first-degree murder while armed in connection with the stabbing death of Edward Eugene Hall Jr.

Week in Review

In brief:

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

A judge ruled Saturday there was not enough evidence to hold Yvonne Simms is suspected in connection with the stabbing 49-year-old Kenyatta Jordan, her husband. Simms remains charged with second-degree murder while armed, despite her release.

Frances Lyles, 25, was arrested and held in connection with the June death of 3-year-old Xavier Lyles. Charging documents say Lyles told police she left her apartment for approximately 20 to 30 minutes the night before her son died, but believed that her boyfriend must have hurt Xavier while she was gone.

Christopher Fields, 33, was arrested in connection with the 2013 shooting death of Devar Battle, but he was held on a lesser weapons charge, not murder.

A judge found probable cause Thursday in the case against Tyrone Height and James Young for the shooting death of Willard Carlos Shelton. MPD Detective Paris White testified that Young told police he was “going through hard times and needed money,” so he and three other individuals planned to rob Shelton by luring him with fake drugs.

Brandon Miller was sentenced to 7 years in prison for the shooting death of Jamal Coates. As a cooperating witness, Miller testified at the trial of his former co-defendants that he drove three of them to the area of a funeral on U Street Northwest, where two men shot Coates.

The trial of Demonta Chappell was delayed Monday after his defense team failed to submit their DNA evidence before the start of trial. His trial for the death of 26-year-old Stevann Moorer is now expected to begin Monday.

MPD announced Saturday that police arrested 23-year-old Lennard Sweeney on suspicions of first-degree felony murder while armed in connection with the stabbing death of Edward Eugene Hall Jr.

Week in Review

This post has been updated to include the death of Edward Eugene Hall Jr.

In brief:

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

Darious Scales, 20, was arrested and held Thursday on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed in connection to the August 2013 shooting death of