Week in Review

In brief:

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

Jurors in the trial of Daren Vaughn were unable to decide whether or not he committed voluntary manslaughter while armed, a lesser included charge for first-degree murder, in connection with death of Tyrell Swann. On Wednesday, he was acquitted of first-degree premeditated murder, burglary and assault charges by jurors in the case. Vaughn’s defense attorney argued that the stabbing was committed in self-defense.

Antoine Little was found innocent of all charges in connection with the stabbing death of 52-year-old James Cain. After closing arguments, jurors deliberated for less than five hours before they announced their verdict.

The murder trial of Donte Graves ended when jurors announced they were unable to reach a verdict. Ten jurors reported that they were prepared to acquit Graves of second-degree murder while armed, assault with a deadly weapon and armed robbery in connection with the shooting death of Tyrone Joyner. Graves’ defense attorney argued that police and prosecutors overlooked the possibility of another shooter.

The trial of Calvin Shaw began Wednesday with opening arguments. Prosecutors say James Crevontai Key was “just hanging out” on the Fourth of July when three men wearing white t-shirts walked out of a nearby alley and opened fire. Shaw faces 40 criminal charges in connection with the case.

Jurors began deliberating in the case of Joshua Andrews, charged with first-degree murder while armed, assault with intention to kill, and three related weapons charges in connection with the shooting death of Darond Alonte Lucas. Prosecutors argued that Andrews laid in ambush and killed Lucas execution style; his defense attorneys say that evidence never shows the gun in Andrews’ hands.

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying three persons of interest in the investigation of shooting death ofDaniel Calvin Short.

Joseph Chandler will pursue an insanity defense in connection to the shooting death of his girlfriend, 63-year-old Shirley Tucker. Chandler is charged with second-degree murder while armed and has been on release from jail for medical reasons since July of last year.

Woman’s October Death in Northeast DC Declared Homicide by Strangulation

The death of a woman found unconscious and unresponsive in Northeast DC last October has been ruled a homicide.

On Saturday MPD said the woman, identified as 53-year-old Carmen Payne, died of asphyxiation due to strangulation.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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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 [at] gmail.com. To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.

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Joseph Chandler to Pursue Insanity Defense in Death of Shirley Tucker

Joseph Chandler will assert an insanity defense in connection to the shooting death of his girlfriend, 63-year-old Shirley Tucker, his defense attorney said Friday.

Chandler, 73 is charged with second-degree murder while armed and has been on release from jail for medical reasons since July of last year. Judge Jennifer Anderson will allow Chandler to participate in next Friday’s hearing by telephone.

Court documents say Chandler confessed to police that he shot Tucker and told them that he deserved to die.
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Mistrial Declared for Remaining Charges Against Daren Vaughn

Judge John Ramsey Johnson declared a mistrial late Thursday afternoon after jurors could not decide whether or not Daren Vaughn committed voluntary manslaughter while armed, a lesser included charge for first-degree murder, in connection with death of Tyrell Swann
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Daren Vaughn Found Innocent of Most Serious Murder Charge, Burglary, and Assault

After two days of deliberations, jurors in the trial of Daren Vaughn reached a partial verdict Wednesday, announcing Vaughn innocent of first-degree premeditated murder in connection to the death of Tyrell Swann.

Vaughn was also acquitted of burglary and assault charges, though jurors did find Vaughn guilty of one count of carrying a dangerous weapon.

Judge John Ramsey Johnson ordered the jury to come back Thursday morning and deliberate on the final remaining charge: voluntary manslaughter while armed.
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Antoine Little Found Innocent in James Cain’s Death

Jurors deliberated for less than five hours before they found Antoine Little innocent of murder Wednesday, acquitting him of all charges in connection with the stabbing death of 52-year-old James Cain.

Police found Cain on June 25, 2012, in the 1500 block of Kenilworth Avenue Northeast suffering from five stab wounds, including one to the throat that perforated his jugular vein. Prosecutors say that Little went with his wife and another person to get their car fixed by Cain that day.
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Twenty-eight times, twenty-eight bullets, twenty-eight shots as they ran for their lives.”

During opening statements Wednesday, prosecutors described six unarmed teenagers celebrating the Fourth of July, “just hanging out,” as one of the teen’s mother watched from the front porch.

Then, in a matter of seconds, three men wearing white t-shirts walked out of a nearby alley and opened fire. Four of the teens were taken to the hospital suffering from bullet wounds, one never came out.

Nineteen-year-old James Crevontai Key also known as “Poody,” died that night, July 4, 2012, from a single shot to the left side of his back. The bullet punctured his lung and aorta and exited through his neck, according to charging documents.

Twenty-eight times, twenty-eight bullets, twenty-eight shots as they ran for their lives,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kirkoff, in opening statements in the case against Calvin Shaw Wednesday.
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Police Seek Help to Identify Persons of Interest in Murder of Daniel Short

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying three persons of interest in the investigation of shooting death of Daniel Calvin Short.

MPD has released a video of three people they are trying to identify, which can be seen below.

A press release is after the jump.
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Tuesday Night Shooting Victim Identified as Virgil Wood

A shooting in the 1500 block of V Street, Southeast killed 22-year-old Virgil Wood Tuesday night, according to MPD.

Police officers responding to the sounds of gunshots at approximately 10:35 p.m. found Wood suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Wood was then transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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