Week in Review

In brief:
Two homicides were reported this week in D.C.:

  • Mary Houston, 75, of Northeast D.C., was found dead in the 800 block of Channing Place Northeast on Wednesday after being reported missing Monday. Medical examiners determined that Houston died of blunt force injuries and asphyxiation and ruled her death a homicide Thursday.
  • MPD said Monday that the death of 80-year-old Lucille Proctor has been ruled a homicide. Proctor was found dead on February 13 inside a three story row house on the 4600 block of 4th Street Northwest after D.C. firefighters responded to a report of a house on fire.

Tisheena Brown pleaded guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter and second-degree insurance fraud in connection to the overdose death of her seven-week-old son Hakeem Brown in Sept. 2013. Prosecutors say Brown admitted to giving her infant son a lethal dose of Promethazine, a prescription drug she had been abusing since 2008.

Howard Randolph pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter in connection to the fist fight that led to Rayshawn Hailstock’s death. Randolph, 33, admitted to punching Hailstock once, causing him to fall forward and hit his head. Medical examiners said the punch, not the fall, is what caused his death, according to prosecutors.

Corey Saxton pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of Roshaine Henry on March 5. According to court documents, Saxton got into Henry’s car to negotiate the purchase of marijuana.

David Jamal Wilson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed Friday in connection to the 2013 stabbing death of 68-year-old Howard Venable Jr in Feb. 2013. Prosecutors say Wilson and two other individuals robbed Venable in his apartment and during the robbery one or both of the unidentified accomplices stabbed Venable.

Donte Graves pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Tyrone Joyner in February 2013. The plea came less than six weeks after a jury was unable to decide whether or not Graves was guilty of murder.

Leon Allen Smith pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in connection to the stabbing death of 45-year-old Stephan Manuel Pool. According to the proffer of facts, 29-year-old Smith admitted to stabbing Pool once in the heart using his pocket knife because he became enraged after seeing his girlfriend give Pool a hug and a “peck on the cheek.”

Todd Green pleaded innocent Friday to first-degree murder while armed, armed robbery, and four related weapons charges in connection with the death of Timothy Dawkins. Prosecutors say that another suspect is expected to be indicted in connection with Dawkins’s death in the next 60 days.

Allen Culver pleaded innocent Friday to eight criminal charges including first-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of 31-year-old Robert Plight. Detectives say that Plight was shot after he approached Culver and asked him why Culver robbed his younger brother.

***Correction: This post originally misstated the location of Venable’s apartment. Venable lived in the 1600 block of Fuller Street Northwest.

Week in Review

In brief:

There were no murders reported in D.C. this week.

Stefon Kirkpatrick pleaded innocent Wednesday to first-degree premeditated murder while armed. Kirkpatrick, 23, remains held without bond in connection to the July 2013 stabbing death of his 22-year-old pregnant girlfriend Julisa Brittney Washington.

James Walter Yates, 29, was arrested and held in connection with the shooting death of Andre Pierce Joyner last Friday near Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School. Yates is suspected of second degree murder while armed.

Antonio Hester, 30, was ordered held without bond Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder while armed in connection with the January 2013 shooting death of Tracy McFadden. McFadden, 44, was found by police on Jan. 2013 outside a nightclub on the 2700 Block of Georgia Avenue Northwest, suffering from six gunshot wounds.

Albrecht Muth was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the death of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Herms Drath. Muth, 49, was convicted in January of first-degree premeditated murder with aggravating circumstances.

Judge Jennifer Anderson found probable cause that 22-year-old Carlton Maurice Johnson was involved in the double homicide of Anthony Chase and Eric Leeper on July 17, 2013 in Southeast. Johnson was arrested nearly nine months later on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder while armed.

Week in Review

In brief:
Two people died last week in D.C.:

  • According to MPD, 44-year-old Ernest Harkum died Thursday evening from multiple stab wounds in the 900 block of Barnaby Street, Southeast.
  • Andre Pierce Joyner of Fort Washington, Maryland, killed in a shooting near H Street in Northeast DC, according to MPD.

Judge John Ramsey Johnson sentenced Jamar George Friday to 15 years in prison for second-degree murder while armed for the shooting death of 20-year-old Ronnie Speight Jr. George, 27, pleaded guilty in February to shooting Speight on May 26, 2011, saying, ““Yeah, that’s what happened.”

Ercell Overton, 33, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the shooting of taxicab driver Solomon J. Okoroh and a subsequent shoot-out with police. Overton pleaded guilty in February 2014 to second-degree murder while armed two counts of felony assault on a police officer while armed.

Judge John Ramsey Johnson found probable cause Tuesday that 25-year-old Gregory Allen Green participated in the shooting death of Derrick Eugene Williams. Metropolitan Police Detective Ray Shields testified that a witness told police that they heard two or three gunshots, a pause, one more gunshot, and then moments later saw Green and another man standing over Williams.

Tracy Mathis was held without bond Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 26-year-old India Chapple. According to charging documents, Mathis told police that he and Chapple were romantically involved in the past, share two children, but have been apart for about eight years.

Donald Dubose rejected a plea deal to accept guilt for a charge of second-degree murder charge and pleaded innocent to four criminal charges in connection with the May 2012 drive-by shooting that killed Michael Oshea Smith. Dubose is charged with two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, assault with intent to kill while armed and first-degree murder.

Jermaine Brown was released from jail after