Week in Review

In brief:

Five homicides were reported this week:

  • A shooting in the 900 block of Delafield Place Northwest killed Daniel Joseph Hinton Tuesday night.
  • On Wednesday, a woman was found in the 3900 block of 14th Street Northwest at approximately 5:26 p.m. suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to a hospital where she died. The woman’s identity is being withheld until police can notify the family.
  • At 9:05 p.m., Gregory Lee, 28, was found in the 1200 block of Stevens Road Southeast with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
  • Almost an hour later, police responded to the sound of gunshots. An adult male suffering from a gunshot wound was located in the 2600 block of Sherman Avenue Northwest and was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is being withheld until police can notify his family.
  • Twenty minutes later, police found 25-year-old Marquiz Anthony Robinson of Centreville, Virginia, in the 800 block of Bladensburg Road Northeast unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at a local hospital.

Police fatally shot 29-year-old Raymond Robinson of Southeast D.C. in a confrontation near the 2800 block of Naylor Road Southeast.

Donald Dubose pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed Monday for his role in the 2012 drive-by shooting that killed 34-year-old Michael Oshea Smith.

Veteran journalist William Shultz recounted his time on the jury that convicted Demonta Chappell. “My voice did not waiver as I announced that we found Mr. Chappell guilty on all six counts, including the first-degree murder charge,” he wrote.

Photographer Lloyd Wolf looked back at 2014 through the street shrines he saw as part of his ongoing documentary work, Washington’s Other Monuments. He writes: “Although the number of street memorials I encountered were fewer in number than in many previous years — arguably a positive trend — there were still many lives lost and hearts broken by the continued violence in our community.”

Shaun Reid, who at 28 has been in the funeral business for a decade, talked to Homicide Watch about spending his life with the dead: “It’s not something the average person wakes up in the morning saying, ‘Oh, I want to be in the funeral world.’” Reid said. “No, it doesn’t operate like that. You got to have a love for it and have a craft for it.”

In an interview with Homicide Watch, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said homicide prevention needs to be a city-wide mission: “I would like the city to have every single agency in D.C. government have one of their performance measures be homicide prevention. Every single one. Everybody can do something.”

Week in Review

In brief:

No homicides were reported this week.

Attorneys gave their final arguments in the trial of Claire Rice, accused of killing her cousin, Anthony Garland Rice. Prosecutors portrayed the murder as a calculated and well-planned execution, carried out in order to cash in on two life insurance policies. Rice’s defense said she didn’t need the money and argued that Anthony Rice may have simply been killed in a robbery.

Jurors began deliberating in the trial of Andre Miles for the death of Sandy Green III. A key witness testified that she saw Miles shoot Green in broad daylight. Under cross-examination, she told a defense attorney: “I saw your client walk up and shoot Sandy.”

Prosecutors dropped all charges against Lennard Sweeney. He had been accused of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 38-year-old Edward Eugene Hall, Jr. on September 9.

A judge found probable cause against John Dyson and Alisha King for second-degree murder charges in connection with Arthur Lee Gaither’s death. Dyson will be held at the D.C. jail until his arraignment. King, who has no prior criminal record, was released into high intensity supervision.

A judge found substantial probability that Dominique Holmes committed second-degree murder in the shooting death of Ricky Kelly in October.

A judge found probable cause that Jarod Yorkshire committed first-degree murder and obstruction of justice for his alleged role in the death of Derrick Ragland.

Demitrich Jones and William Smallwood pleaded innocent to five criminal charges including felony murder while armed for the shooting death of 33-year-old Rashard Raigns in June.

A judge sentenced Don Demichie Page, Jr. to 14 years in prison for the June 2013 shooting death of Quentin Lavar White. White’s widow told the court: “This wasn’t a stranger who shot him. He knew him and I feel like when he killed one person, he took three lives.”

Antonio Hester pleaded innocent to first-degree murder and two weapons charges in the shooting that killed Tracy McFadden on June 19, 2013.

William Jackson, 27, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed for the shooting death of 22-year-old Delonte Hemphill. Jackson was released to a halfway house after being presented with a charge of second-degree murder for Hemphill’s death.

Week in Review

In brief:

One homicide was reported this week.

A judge found probable cause in the case against Raheem Jones, who is accused of fatally shooting Deandria Conyers on September 14.

The trial of Claire Rice opened. Prosecutors said Rice spent an entire month planning her cousin Anthony Garland Rice’s murder in order to cash in on two life insurance policies. The money would have kept Rice from from losing her house.

A judge found probable cause in the case against Heritage Jones, 21, who is accused of shooting Kirk Deangelo Perry more than 13 times in an argument over a dog on November 30.

A judge sentenced Delrico Shuford to five years in prison for his participation in the shooting death of Tyrell Fogle, 17, on August 29, 2011. Shuford is the last man to be sentenced in connection to the 21st and Vietnam killings.

Anthony Williams was sentenced to 15 years in prison for second-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting death of 24-year-old James Edward Booker.

Jurors found Kevin Walker, 39, guilty in the 2013 double homicide of siblings Jamie and Jamal Jenkins.

Week in Review

In brief:

Four homicides were reported this week: