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.
  • Cortez Carter, 23, of Capitol Heights, Maryland was fatally shot in Southeast DC early Friday morning.

A man fatally shot Friday May 30 in the 1200 block of North Capitol Street Northwest was identified as Donta Thrower of Northwest DC.

After nearly two-and-a-half years of being suspected in the shooting death of Junon Snead, Andrew Williams was found innocent Thursday by jurors after less than one day of deliberations. The trial began earlier this week. In closing arguments, defense attorney Kevin Irving asked jurors whether they could trust the testimony of security guards who detained a man for loitering but failed to follow up on a murder in the same night. Prosecutors had argued Snead was killed for refusing to retaliate against the guards who detained their friend that night.

Arik Sims‘ trial on charges that he shot and killed his friend, Lamar Fonville, because he believed Fonville burglarized his mother’s house began this week. Another of Sims’ friends, Geoffrey Adams, testified this week. He said that days after Sims told him he killed Fonville, he still didn’t know what to do. As a military police officer, he knew he was obligated to tell authorities, but Sims was like a brother to him, Adams said Thursday. “I was between a rock and a hard place,” said Adams on the stand.

Stephanie Lawson was sentenced to 33 months in prison for the stabbing death of her friend, Karen Jordan.

Andre Burks pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed and assault with a deadly weapon for the shooting death of Antwan Boseman and wounding another man after Burks and Boseman got into an argument.

Antonio Shaw pleaded innocent to charges of second-degree murder while armed and carrying a dangerous weapon outside a home or place of business in connection to the 2013 stabbing death of Ernest Heart.

Lillian Alvarado was found competent to stand trial for the death of her newborn son, according a May 29 report from the the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health.

Week in Review

There was one homicide reported this week:

Donta Thrower from Northwest D.C. was killed after a shooting Friday night at the 1200 block of North Capitol Street, Northwest. He was found by police at approximately 9:24 p.m. suffering from a gunshot wound, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Davon Thomas was sentenced Wednesday, to four years in prison for voluntary manslaughter in connection with the January 2013 death of 53-year-old Emanuel Campbell. Campbell died from blunt force injuries in the hospital two weeks after Thomas assaulted him outside an apartment in Northeast D.C., where they both resided. According to prosecutors, moments before the assault, Campbell and Thomas had a verbal altercation inside the apartment. As a result of that first altercation, Campbell cut Thomas on the side of his neck. Prosecutors argued Thomas knew Campbell had previous medical frailties and overreacted by assaulting him.

Lillian Alvarado was found competent to stand trial for the death of her newborn son on November of last year. Alvarado is charged with first-degree murder and one count of cruelty to children for allegedly drowning and dismembering her baby after delivering him in the bathroom of her apartment in Northwest D.C., according to court documents. A status hearing is scheduled for July 24, at 10:00 a.m. to determine if defense attorneys will challenge the latest mental observation report.

Stephanie Lawson was sentenced Friday to 33 months in prison for the stabbing death of her friend, Karen Jordan. Lawson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in February but was initially charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors argued that Lawson stabbed Jordan in an argument over a $20 debt while she was at Jordan’s apartment playing cards. Before Lawson begins her sentence she’ll spend three weeks on high-intensity supervision while she finishes an externship program.

Week in Review

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

Jurors found Johnathan Dawkins guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Dwayne Brisbon. On Thursday, Dawkins took the stand to tell jurors he stabbed Brisbon because he feared for his life after another man restrained him while Brisbon beat him.

Lamonte Hill was sentenced to nine years in prison for voluntary manslaughter while armed in connection with the death of Brian Bloomfield. According to the proffer of facts, Hill and another man followed Bloomfield out of an apartment building and assaulted Bloomfield, stabbing him several times and shooting him once.

Sosefina Amoa, 26, was sentenced to four years in prison and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of her infant son. As she is originally from Samoa, she will also face deportation after her release.

Earl Patrick, 48, was arrested and held on suspicion of first-degree felony murder in connection with death of 60-year-old Carlton Coltrane. Patrick is the second person arrested in connection with this case: Zerrick Brown was arrested and held on suspicion of first-degree felony murder in connection with the case.

James Brown, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of carrying a rifle in connection with the shooting death of Darnell Rivers. In exchange for his plea, Brown will be sentenced to 2 to 3 years in prison.

Carlos Parks and Troy Robinson