Week in Review

In brief:

One homicide was reported this week:

A judge ordered Burnis Cole released on high intensity supervision Tuesday after a bond review hearing. Cole is charged with first-degree murder while armed and related weapons offenses for the January 2013 death of Raasheem Jamal Rich. Cole’s trial is expected to begin January 2015.

Jarod Yorkshire, 21, was arrested for the 2011 murder of Derrick Ragland.

Kevin Charles was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for the death of Steven Curtis Moore on December 3, 2011.

Kevin McDarin Johnson pleaded innocent Thursday to first-degree premeditated murder while armed in the choking death of Detra Martin on February 20.

Vernon Hendrick, 25, was arrested Friday for the September 11 shooting that killed Titus Jackson.

A judge found enough circumstantial evidence to hold Tyrron Sweeney for the murders of Ervin Ingraham and Ronnetta Hurley-Brown. “This web of circumstantial evidence more than supports probable cause that Mr. Sweeney committed the murder of two victims,” Judge Johnson said in court. “Nothing standing alone would compel that finding: it’s all of it together.”

Francis Lyles is competent to stand trial following a 24-hour forensic examination, but Judge Jennifer Anderson ordered Lyles to undergo additional treatment at a D.C. jail. “I can’t send you to St. Elizabeths Hospital because the jail found you competent, but you should seek follow up treatment,” Judge Anderson said in court Friday.

Week Ahead

Each week, Homicide Watch brings you a list of upcoming hearings in the cases we follow. All hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. To add an item to the listing, email chris@homicidewatch.org. To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.
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Defense Believes Francis Lyles Should Be Screened for Postpartum Depression

Francis Lyles is competent to stand trial following a 24-hour forensic examination, but Judge Jennifer Anderson ordered Lyles to undergo additional treatment at a D.C. jail.

I can’t send you to St. Elizabeths Hospital because the jail found you competent, but you should seek follow up treatment,” Judge Anderson said in court Friday.
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Judge: “Web of Circumstantial Evidence” is enough to hold Tyrron Sweeney

A judge found probable cause in the case against Tyrron Sweeney for the murders of Ervin Ingraham and Ronnetta Hurley-Brown Friday.

A caretaker discovered the bodies of Ingraham and Hurley-Brown in their apartment in the 1600 block of 17th Street, Southeast on January 30. Their 1-year-old and 2-year-old children were also in the apartment, safe and unharmed. Police estimate time of death more than 12 hours earlier, according to charging documents.

There is a lot of information provided by a lot of witnesses, but none of it is enough,” argued Dana Page, Sweeney’s defense attorney. Read more

Vernon Hedrick Arrested in Titus Jackson’s Death

A 25 year-old D.C. man was arrested Friday for the September 11 shooting that killed Titus Jackson, MPD announced Friday.

Police say Vernon Hedrick is suspected of first-degree murder while armed.

Jackson, 26, was discovered by police after officers responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots in the 5200 block of Clay Street Northeast.

A copy of the police press release is after the jump:
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Kevin Johnson Indicted in Girlfriend’s Murder

Kevin McDarin Johnson pleaded innocent Thursday to first-degree premeditated murder while armed in the choking death of Detra Martin on February 20.

Police found Martin, 48, late at night in a locked bedroom unconscious and strangled to death.

Before she was killed, charging documents say, Martin and Johnson had a heated confrontation over a loan given to Martin by a male friend.
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5 Years For Steven Moore’s Death In 21st and Vietnam Case

Kevin Charles was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for the death of Steven Curtis Moore on December 3, 2011.

In June 2013, just days before trial, Charles pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed and conspiracy to commit a crime of violence.
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Jarod Yorkshire Charged in the Murder of Derrick Ragland

A judge ordered Jarod Yorkshire held Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree murder and obstruction of justice in connection with the December 2011 shooting death of 19-year-old Derrick Ragland.

Yorkshire, 21, is the second suspect charged for Ragland’s murder. Raymond Faunteroy‘s trial ended with a hung jury in September.
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Davon Davis Charged in Uncle’s Murder

James Byron Davis was stabbed at least 15 times in a fight with his nephew that may have started over a piece of furniture.

Davon Davis, 23, was ordered held Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree murder. He was arrested Monday.
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Fatal Stabbing Monday; Victim’s Nephew Arrested

A stabbing Monday night left 53-year-old James Byron Davis dead, MPD announced Tuesday. His nephew, Davon Davis, was arrested on scene.

Police found 53-year-old Davis suffering from multiple stabs wounds in the 5000 block of Just Street Northeast at approximately 9:20 p.m. Monday night. Davis was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

The 23-year-old Davis is suspected of second-degree murder while armed.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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