Demonta Chappell Murder Trial Delayed Again

The trial of Demonta Chappell was delayed Monday after his defense team failed to submit their DNA evidence before the start of trial. Judge Jennifer Anderson ruled that the case be carried for trial so the U.S. Attorney’s office would have enough time to consult with the government’s expert.

Nearly one year ago, a grand jury indicted Chappell on five criminal charges, including premeditated first-degree murder, in relation to the shooting death of 26-year-old Stevann Moorer.
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Yvonne Simms Released; Admitted to Stabbing Husband

Yvonne Simms was released Saturday after a judge ruled there was not enough evidence to hold the her.

Simms, 50, is suspected of stabbing 49-year-old Kenyatta Jordan, her husband.

On Monday, U.S. Attorney’s Office Spokesman William Miller said Simms remains charged with second-degree murder while armed, despite her release. “The issue regarding detention is a separate matter,” Miller said in an email. “The case remains pending and is moving forward.”
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Edward Eugene Hall Jr. Killed in SE D.C. Stabbing

A man fatally stabbed in D.C. Tuesday evening has been identified as 38-year-old Edward Eugene Hall Jr. of Southwest.

Police found Hall on September 9 at the intersection of 1st and Brandywine Streets Southeast; emergency medical services transported him to a local hospital.

On Wednesday, Hall succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Yvonne Simms Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of Kenyetta Jordan

A stabbing just after midnight Saturday left 49-year-old Kenyetta Jordan dead, police announced.

Yvonne Simms, 50, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed.

Simms was presented with the murder charge Saturday afternoon at DC Superior Court.

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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 homicidewatchdc@gmail.com. To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.
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DeAndre Shaheed Gets 20 Years for Shooting Death of Akinwole Olu Williams

I cried that day because you were so young,” Kofi Ross Minor told her brother’s killer, DeAndre Shaheed before his sentencing. “This little boy, this baby, who looked so innocent, stole my brother’s life.”

Shaheed, now 19, pleaded guilty in July to second-degree murder while armed for his role in the shooting death of Akinwole Olu Williams.

On Friday, Judge Jennifer Anderson sentenced Shaheed to 20 years in prison for his actions. Williams, she told Shaheed, “is an example of how you can rise above circumstances.”
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Fleming Sentenced to 35 years, Peoples to One Year, for the Shooting Death of Michael Jones

Before delivering their sentences, Judge Robert Morin said that on the night of Michael Jones’ tragic death, evidence showed that Bernard Fleming “participated in a dangerous act,” while Joseph Peoples’ “most serious” crime was tampering with evidence.

In July, Fleming was convicted of second-degree murder, along with six related charges, in connection with Jones’ death. Peoples was acquitted of murder in the same trial, but convicted of carrying a pistol outside the home and tampering with evidence. Read more

Titus Jackson, 26, Killed in NE D.C. Shooting

A shooting in the 5200 block of Clay Street Northeast killed 26-year-old Titus Jackson Thursday evening, according to MPD.

Police officers responding to the sound of gunshots at approximately 6:10 p.m. located Jackson. According to the Washington Post, police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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On Eve of Trial, Marquette Tibbs Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter

Marquette Tibbs pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed Thursday for the shooting death of Andre Jackson on Nov. 4, 2012. He was scheduled to begin trial on Monday.

Tibbs’ guilty plea comes two weeks after jurors acquitted his former co-defendant, Lamonte Perry, of first-degree premeditated murder, but deadlocked over the lesser-included charge of second-degree murder. Perry was, however, convicted of obstruction of justice in connection with Jackson’s death. Read more

Second Suspect Held in the Death of Timothy Dawkins

Judge Karen Howze ordered 20-year-old Darious Scales held Thursday on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed in connection to the August 2013 shooting death of Timothy Delonte Dawkins.

By all accounts, Scales wasn’t shooting at Dawkins. Charging documents say Scales engaged in a shootout with Todd Green, who was arrested just after Dawkins death a year ago.

Prosecutors appear to be charging both men under urban warfare theory, meaning they don’t have to prove who fired the fatal shot. Instead, they must prove that the parties involved: Read more