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:

A judge found probable cause to hold Carlton Hammond for the stabbing death of Kenneth Young Jr.

Vernon Hendrick will remain held after a judge found probable cause that he committed first-degree murder in the shooting death of 26-year-old Titus Jackson on November 21.

Frank Lee Blanding pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault for the fight that left Benjamin Jennings dead on July 6, 2014.

Gary Johnson was arrested and ordered held in connection to the murder of 22-year-old Rhett Gelb in May 2013.

Week in Review

In brief:

No homicides were reported this week.

A judge ordered Gregory Smithwick released to high intensity supervision while he awaits an indictment. Smithwick and co-defendant Dominique Holmes were arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and armed carjacking for the murder of 29-year-old Ricky Kelly.

A judge found probable cause to hold 17-year-old Ahmal McGainey on second-degree murder while armed for the October 1 murder of Johnie Lee Resper.

The trial of Andre Miles for the shooting death of Sandy Green III began. A prosecutor told jurors that an argument over girlfriends and shared living space led Miles to shoot Greene in April 2012.

Joshua Mebane was ruled competent to stand trial after a mental observation hearing. Mebane, who announced plans pursue an insanity defense in February, will continue with that defense. He is accused of killing cab driver Quadar Muhammad.

The trial of Kevin Walker opened, with prosecutors arguing he shot siblings Jamie and Jamal Jenkins after a fight between his girlfriend and Jamie Jenkins.

Week in Review

In brief:

One homicide was reported this week:

A judge ordered Burnis Cole released on high intensity supervision Tuesday after a bond review hearing. Cole is charged with first-degree murder while armed and related weapons offenses for the January 2013 death of Raasheem Jamal Rich. Cole’s trial is expected to begin January 2015.

Jarod Yorkshire, 21, was arrested for the 2011 murder of Derrick Ragland.

Kevin Charles was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for the death of Steven Curtis Moore on December 3, 2011.

Kevin McDarin Johnson pleaded innocent Thursday to first-degree premeditated murder while armed in the choking death of Detra Martin on February 20.

Vernon Hendrick, 25, was arrested Friday for the September 11 shooting that killed Titus Jackson.

A judge found enough circumstantial evidence to hold Tyrron Sweeney for the murders of Ervin Ingraham and Ronnetta Hurley-Brown. “This web of circumstantial evidence more than supports probable cause that Mr. Sweeney committed the murder of two victims,” Judge Johnson said in court. “Nothing standing alone would compel that finding: it’s all of it together.”

Francis Lyles is competent to stand trial following a 24-hour forensic examination, but Judge Jennifer Anderson ordered Lyles to undergo additional treatment at a D.C. jail. “I can’t send you to St. Elizabeths Hospital because the jail found you competent, but you should seek follow up treatment,” Judge Anderson said in court Friday.

Week in Review

In brief:

One homicide was reported this week:

  • Tyrone Lee Lewis, 27, died Thursday after a shooting in the 300 block of 37th Street Southeast.

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