Week in Review

In brief:

Six people were killed in DC this week and the deaths of two newborns were ruled homicides.

  • In Georgetown, Leroi Elliott, 88, and his wife, were stabbed by their 56-year-old son, Bradford Nelson Elliott. Lerio Elliott died if his injuries; his wife survived. Bradford Elliott was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree murder while armed. He died of a heart attack while being treated for a cut to his hand.
  • In Pleasant Plains, two people, 36-year-old Oluremi Thomas and 24-year-old Keyonna Proctor, were found shot to death. In a listserv message, Councilmember Jim Graham wrote that the deaths of Thomas and Proctor could be drug-related and that “there may also be a suggestion of an execution style killing.” Graham also says that neither victim lived in the apartment.
  • A few blocks from the Anacostia Metro station, 19-year-old Devon Dominique Parker was shot. He was taken with multiple gunshot wounds to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
  • In Kenilworth, George Edward Hartzog was found shot Friday morning. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
  • In Barry Farm, 21-year-old Marcus Minor of Northeast DC was shot Friday afternoon. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
  • The September death of a newborn baby in Southeast DC was ruled a homicide and the child’s mother, 31-year-old Tisheena Brown, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder. Police say the baby, identified as one-month old Hakeem Brown, was pronounced dead after being found unconscious and not breathing early in the morning of September 1. He died of a prescription drug overdose.
  • The November death of another newborn was also ruled a homicide and that child’s mother was also arrested. The baby was believed to have been not even a day old when he was found dead in bathtub. The mother, Lillian Alvarado, is suspected of felony murder and cruelty to children. A mental health exam was ordered in the case.

Robert Osborne, 41, was arrested in connection with the shooting death of 20-year-old Vincent Purvis. He’s suspected of second-degree murder.

A judge found probable cause for a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the case against Corey Stoddard; Stoddard is accused of hitting Kevin Lewis Crouch with his tow truck, killing him.

Arvel Wills was sentenced to four years in prison in connection with the death of his 25-year-old cousin, Dewayne Wills. “What I did was wrong. It was an accident,” Arvel Wills said at sentencing. “We were like brothers. I love my cousin. I’d never hurt my cousin at all.”

DeAndre Shaheed, Lafeyette Robinson and Floyd Neal were arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree felony murder while armed, conspiracy, robbery, and other related weapons offenses in connection with the March 2013 shooting death of 31-year-old Akinwole Olu Williams. The three men pleaded innocent to all charges.

Joseph Peoples pleaded innocent to charges from a 12-count indictment charging him and a co-defendant, Bernard Fleming, with the 2012 shooting death of 30-year-old Michael Edward Jones.

Michael Anthony Coleman, 36, was ordered held on a charge of second-degree murder. Prosecutors say he fatally stabbed Candance Reed on November 15, 2013. At the preliminary hearing Coleman’s attorney, Nikki Lotz, said Coleman’s actions were in self-defense but Judge Jennifer Anderson called Coleman the first aggressor.

Week in Review

In brief:

Three people were killed in DC this week:

  • Deangelo Gatling, 18, was killed last Sunday afternoon in a shooing in the 2300 block of 24th Street Southeast.
  • Vincent Purvis, 20, was fatally shot on Wednesday afternoon, near the closed Ferebee-Hope Elementary School campus.
  • Kevin Lanard James, 48, of Northwest DC, was killed in a shooting in the 1500 block of Gallatin Place Northeast Thursday evening.

Anthony Gray, 35, of Southeast DC was arrested Tuesday in connection with the 1999 shooting death of 18-year-old Kelvin Howard. He is the second arrest in the case, police say.

Albrecht Muth was convicted Thursday of first-degree premeditated murder with aggravating circumstances in connection with the death of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Herms Drath. Jurors in the case delivered their verdict around 1:10 p.m. Thursday after deliberating for less than a day.

Judge John Ramsey Johnson found probable cause in the case against Roger St. John, charging him with participating in the May 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Rhett Gelb, even though St. John wasn’t the shooter.

Isaiah Gant was sentenced to three years in prison in connection with the death of Olijawon Griffin at a Metro stop in Northwest DC. Gant pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, robbery and possession of a firearm in the case.

Cedric Spicer was sentenced to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Joseph Hardin.

James Brewer and Stephen Page were sentenced Friday in connection with the shooting death of 71-year-old Vietnam veteran Solomon Reese. The two men pleaded guilty in November to killing Reese during the course of a robbery. Brewer was sentenced to 27 years and 8 months in prison; Page was sentenced to 31 years in prison.

Donzell Butler pleaded guilty to unarmed voluntary manslaughter and assault with significant bodily injury in connection with the stabbing death of Charles Anthony Scott Jr.

Week In Review

In brief:

There were no murders in DC this week.

Judge Lynn Leibovitz found probable cause in the case charging Paul Jefferies with the death of 24-year-old Awele Olisemeka, who died after being hit in the head with a brick. Jefferies, 20, is scheduled for a felony status conference on March 10.

Albrecht Muth‘s murder trial began. He is charged with the death of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Herms Drath. Drath was found on August 12, 2011 beaten and strangled in her Georgetown home. Muth, 49, who has endured a year long self-induced fast is not present at trial and is viewing proceedings from his hospital room through a video link. The trial is scheduled to continue on Monday.

Alphonso Cleveland was ordered held in connection with the stabbing death of his 51-year-old wife, Claudia Hall. Cleveland, 52, is charged with second-degree murder while armed in Hall’s death. The case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing January 21.

Rashad Slye pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed in connection with the 2011 shooting death of 40-year-old cab driver, Domingo Ezirike. Slye, 23, is scheduled for sentencing on April 4.

Howard Randolph was released to a halfway house after Judge Canan did not find substantial probability that he killed 21-year-old Rayshawn Hailstock. Randolph, 25, is scheduled for a status hearing on February 17.

Judge Jennifer Anderson found probable cause that James Cornelius Robinson shot and killed 30-year-old Jason Alexander Murphy in August 2013. Robinson, 19, is scheduled for a felony status conference on March 19.

Marvin Moore seeks to withdraw his plea to charges in connection with the 2013 death of 58-year-old Timothy Benjamin. Moore, 36, initially pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in October, but wrote a letter to Judge Canan asking to withdraw the plea. The case is scheduled for sentencing on January 31, pending a motion to withdraw the plea.