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.
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.
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.