Week in Review

In brief:
There were two homicides reported this week:

  • Metropolitan police found an unidentified man dead on Tuesday in the backyard area of the 1800 block of 8th street Northwest. The body was found five days after Leon Young was discovered in the same area.
  • Luis E. Avila Melendez, 27, of Northwest D.C., was found shot in the 1600 block of Columbia Road Northwest.

On Monday, jurors found Arik Adanti Sims guilty of first-degree premeditated murder while armed and three related weapons charges in connection with the shooting death of Lamar Fonville after nearly two days of deliberations. Fonville, 33, was discovered dead on a sidewalk in the 7400 block of Georgia Avenue Northwest in September 2012.

Jeffrey Neal, 21, was charged Saturday with second-degree murder in connection to the death of Leon Young. Young was found dead at 11:30 a.m. on June 12 in the 1800 block of 8th street Northwest. Neal told police that Young confessed to killing another man before Young attempted to stab him.

A second juvenile was arrested and held in connection with the shooting death of Rashard Raigns. He is the third person arrested in connection with Raigns’ death.

David Warren was sentenced Friday to 36 years in prison for the May 2011 shooting death of Ervin Lamont Griffin. Jurors found 32-year-old Warren guilty of two counts of first-degree murder while armed, second-degree murder while armed, kidnapping while armed, armed carjacking, armed robbery, and related weapons offenses.

Khari Natron Williams was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for fatally shooting Angelo Alphonso Payne in Dec. 2012. Judge John Ramsey Johnson sentenced Williams under the Youth Rehabilitation Act, meaning he was sentenced as a youth and he will have the opportunity to clear his conviction from his record after serving his sentence.

Judge Jennifer Anderson sentenced Calvin Shaw Friday to 107 years in prison for two shootings, including one which killed 19-year-old Crevontai Key on July 4, 2012. Shaw was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder while armed in connection with Key’s death and over 30 other assault and weapon charges in the two shootings.

A man found dead in a burning home earlier this month in Northeast D.C. has been identified by police and his death was ruled a suicide.

Week in Review

This post has been updated to include Sunday’s shooting in Southeast DC.

In Brief:

There were three homicides reported this week:

  • Gerald Sidney Martin was shot and killed Wednesday in Southeast D.C. Martin was found in the 1900 block of Bruce Place, Southeast, at approximately 1:31 p.m., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
  • Leon Young, a 22-year-old DC, was found beaten in Shaw mid-day Thursday. An autopsy Friday determined that he died of blunt force trauma. Jeffery Bernard Neal, 21, of Northwest DC, on suspicion of second-degree murder.
  • A triple shooting shortly after midnight Sunday killed 20-year-old Delano Phillips. Two others were injured in the shooting.

Allen Thomas, 28, was presented with a charge of second-degree murder Thursday in connection to the stabbing death of Elike Rahmon Richardson. Richardson, 36, was found by police at the 4400 Block of C Street, Southeast on May 13, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Thomas was arrested Wednesday, and ordered held without bond pending a preliminary hearing June 27.

Demitrich Jones, 16, was presented Thursday with the charge of first-degree murder while armed in connection to the shooting death of Rashard Raigns, 33. According to charging documents, Raigns was shot by another suspect in the case, William Smallwood, who was arrested Tuesday. Raigns was found by police on June 4, in the 1900 Block of Fenwick Street Northwest suffering from a gunshot wound.

William Smallwood, 22, was presented Wednesday with the charge of first-degree murder while armed in connection to the shooting death of Rashard Raigns. According to police, Raigns was killed during a robbery on June 4, in Northwest D.C. Court documents say video police recovered shows three men try to steal a laptop from Raigns. Smallwood is held without bond and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26.

During a preliminary hearing Monday, Judge Russell Canan found probable cause for the charge of second-degree murder against Tracy Mathis,30, in connection to the shooting death of India Chapple. Police found 26-year-old Chapple suffering from a stab wound to the chest in the the 2500 Block of Pomeroy Road Southeast on April 19, at approximately 2 a.m. Mathis and Chapple had two children together.

Judge Rhonda Winston ruled Thursday that there is substantial probability in the case against Antonio Hester, in connection with the shooting death of Tracy McFadden. On the early morning hours of January 19, 2013, police found 44-year-old McFadden outside a nightclub on the 2700 Block of Georgia Avenue Northwest suffering from six gunshot wounds, including four to his neck.

Antonio Williams was sentenced Friday to four years and two months in prison for the death of Andre McIntyre on March 1, 2014. Emergency personnel found McIntyre bleeding from a head wound and unconscious near the 300 block of Ridge Road Southeast just after midnight. He later died at the hospital. McIntyre pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in April.

Alphonso Cleveland was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for strangling his wife Claudia Hall, to death, and stabbing her. Hall, 51, was the first homicide victim of this year. She was found dead by police in her apartment at the 300 block of 18th Place Northeast at approximately 2:20 p.m. Cleveland, 52, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in April.

Lester Williams and Marcellus Jackson were sentenced Friday for the shooting death of Jamal Coates on Sept. 28, 2010. Williams was sentenced to 47 years, and Jackson was sentenced to 38 years. The three men, along with Keir Johnson, were convicted of multiple criminal counts including conspiracy, murder, obstruction of justice, assault, and weapons charges.

Week in Review

In Brief:

Two people were killed in DC this week

  • Rashard Raigns, 33, was fatally shot in the 1900 block of Fenwick Street Northeast early Wednesday morning. Police released surveillance camera footage from near the scene and are seeking to identify three men seen in the images.