Second Suspect Arrested for Derrick Ragland’s Murder

A 21-year-old D.C. man has been arrested for the 2011 murder of Derrick Ragland, according to MPD.

Jarod Yorkshire is suspected of first-degree murder and obstruction of justice in connection with Ragland’s death.

Police found 19-year-old Ragland suffering from gunshot wounds in the 1000 block of Taylor Street, Northeast just before 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2011. He was transported to a local hospital and died shortly after.

A judge declared a mistrial in Raymond Faunteroy’s trial in September for Ragland’s death.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Burnis Cole on Supervised Release Before January Trial

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.

Rich, 40, was found suffering from multiple stab wounds in the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue Southeast.

Rich was killed outside of a liquor store after an altercation with Cole , documents say. Read more

Week in Review

In brief:

One homicide was reported this week:

  • Tyrone Lee Lewis, 27, died Thursday after a shooting in the 300 block of 37th Street Southeast.

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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 To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.
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Request for Proposals to Continue Homicide Watch D.C.

A week ago, we announced that we would close this site at the end of December, after covering the District of Columbia for more than four years.

Many of you asked how you could help keep the site going and offered your support. Your comments and emails have been overwhelming and gratifying, and we want to find a way for Homicide Watch D.C. to continue being the resource this community needs.

However, our situation hasn’t changed. We’re still in Boston, and we know that we cannot continue to hire, train and supervise reporters based in D.C. This community needs and deserves local ownership. We want to be clear on this: We believe the money can be raised to support this site’s editorial mission, but Laura and I cannot continue to be the primary owners of the site.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a request for proposals.

This is open to anyone willing to commit to continuing the work of Homicide Watch D.C., to report every murder in the District from crime to conviction.

The RFP is here. Thank you again for all of your support.

Special thanks to the Investigative News Network for help writing this RFP.

Sentencing of Harris, Smith and Hatton Concludes 21st and Vietnam Murder Trial

On Friday, Judge Lynn Leibovitz sentenced Johnnie Harris, Jekwan Smith and Anthony Hatton for the 2011 shooting deaths of Isaiah Sheffield and Tyrell Fogle, bringing to a close a series of interlocking cases that have lingered in the court for more than two years.

The three codefendants are linked by their allegiance to 21st and Vietnam, a neighborhood gang whose members were indicted on 21 criminal charges. On Sept. 8, they pleaded guilty to criminal charges in connection with the murders.
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Tyrik Brown Charged in Death of One-Month-Old Son

Judge Karen Howze ordered Tyrik Lamont Brown held Friday on suspicion of first-degree felony murder in connection to the October beating death of Raj’saun Tyrik Brown.

Police found the infant in the 1700 block of Trenton Place Southeast unconscious and suffering from multiple injuries in the morning of Oct. 29. He died at a local hospital. Brown, 19, was arrested on November 13.

According to charging documents, the infant’s mother told police that day she woke up the child at 8 a.m. to change his diaper and feed him. Afterwards, he was “smiling, awake, and fine,” according to the mother. She told police that thirty minutes later she laid the baby on a pillow in bed next to his father, who was asleep, documents say. Read more

James Johnson Pleads Guilty to Killing Talbert Bright After Argument Over Beer

James Johnson, 32, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday for the death of Talbert Bright on June 28.

Bright, 48, was found shot multiple times in the upper body near the intersection of 2nd Street and Massachusetts Avenue Northwest. He died later at Washington Hospital Center.

According to the proffer of facts, Johnson was in a small park drinking beer with friends for a social gathering. Johnson had a cooler filled with beers when Bright asked Johnson for a beer. Read more

Probable Cause Found in “Fatal Blows” that Killed Homeless Man

A judge found probable cause Friday in the case against Frank Lee Blanding in connection to the death of Benjamin Jennings after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

On July 6, Jennings, 57, was found lying unconscious and unresponsive on Bladensburg Road Northeast after an altercation with Blanding. He died a day later at a local hospital. Blanding was arrested three days later on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter in Jennings’ death.

Documents say while at a stop light, Jennings approached Blanding’s van and asked for money. When Jennings was told no, he threatened Blanding with a butter knife, until Blanding got out of the car and punched him twice, knocking him out.

Blanding, 20, is scheduled for a status hearing on Dec. 3 at 9:30 before Judge Lynn Leibovitz.

Tyrone Lee Lewis Killed in Southeast Shooting

A shooting in the 300 block of 37th Street Southeast killed Tyrone Lee Lewis, MPD reported Friday.

Lewis, 27, was found indoors, unconscious and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He died at a nearby hospital.

MPD’s full press release is below: Read more