Jury Begins Deliberations in Terrence Robinson’s Murder

During a robbery on Aug. 4, 2012, Daquan Tinker didn’t get Terrence Robinson‘s belongings, prosecutors say, “he took his life.”

But Tinker’s defense attorneys argue that this is a case of mistaken identity, that there are inconsistencies in eyewitness testimony, and that police involved in the case “failed to follow leads” that would exclude Tinker.

After a three-week trial, jurors must decide whether Tinker deliberately shot and killed Robinson while attempting to rob him. Read more

Witness in Lucki Pannell’s Death Knew Shooter, Kept Quiet for Two Years

Prosecutors say that Terry Jimenez knew exactly who shot and killed 18-year-old Lucki Pannell on Feb. 19, 2011. That night, Jimenez and his brother BJ recognized the distinctive eyes of Williams, despite Williams’ mask, when he ran up to Pannell’s porch and opened fire, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy.

But Jimenez didn’t tell police who shot Pannell until more than two years later, after he entered a cooperation agreement and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the death of Robert Foster Jr.

Defense attorney Veronice Holt told jurors that Jimenez’s “evolving story” shows that he “doesn’t care about justice for Lucki.”
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Murder Charge Dropped in Case Against Robert Osborne

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of second-degree murder Wednesday in the case against Robert Osborne for the murder of Vincent Purvis on January 15.

According to spokesperson William Miller, there was insufficient evidence to move forward and the case is still under investigation.

Osborne was arrested ten days after Purvis’s death on suspicion of second-degree murder. He later was released on high intensity supervision on February 13 while a grand jury investigated the case.
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Murder Suspects Smithwick and Holmes Believed Victim Killed Their Friend

The two men suspected of killing 29-year-old Ricky Kelly believed Kelly had killed their friend Kevin Lucas, charging documents say.

Dominique Holmes was held on a second-degree murder charge Saturday in connection with Kelly’s death. Holmes’ co-defendant, Gregory Smithwick, was held for armed carjacking, but not the murder charge for which he was arrested.
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Week in Review

In brief:

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

Jurors heard opening arguments in the murder trial against Demonta Chappell in the October 2012 shooting death of Stevann Moorer. Prosecutors said that Chappell and Moorer were walking so close that others may have thought they were walking together that night.

Judge John Ramsey Johnson found probable cause to continue holding Mark Kenyatta Bowser Jr. in connection with the stabbing death of Tracy Womack. Detective Marvin Washington testified that Bowser made a sexual advance toward a witness before entering Womack’s bedroom and stabbing her over 40 times.

Don Demichie Page Jr. pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder while armed for the shooting death of Quentin Lavar White. In exchange for his plea, prosecutor agreed to seek a sentence of 12 to 15 years in prison.

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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Breond Keys Killed in Friday Morning Shooting

Breond Keys, 38, died at a local hospital Friday after being found inside an establishment with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1400 block of Good Hope Road Southeast.

Police are searching for a black man who was wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored hoodie in connection with Keys’ death.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Two Arrests in Friday Morning Homicide

A shooting Friday morning killed 29-year-old Ricky Kelly of Southeast D.C., MPD announced.

Police responding to a report of a shooting around 7:29 a.m. found Kelly inside a residence in the 100 block of Ivanhoe Street Southwest with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men were arrested: Gregory Smithwick, 22, of Northeast D.C., and Dominique Holmes, 23 of Southeast D.C. Read more

Don Page Jr Pleads Guilty to Quentin White’s Murder

Don Demichie Page Jr. pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder while armed for the fatal shooting of Quentin Lavar White on June 22, 2013. He was originally charged with first-degree premeditated murder while armed.

According to the plea agreement, he will spend 12 to 15 years in prison. The maximum sentence for second-degree murder while armed is 40 years.

Police responded to a shooting at 12:45 a.m. and found White suffering from a gunshot wound, according to charging documents. They transported him to a local hospital where he died at 1:20 a.m.
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Comment of the Day: “This world we all live in”

Reader Jazzy left this comment after Ronnie Scharrod Edon died in a shooting early Tuesday morning:

This world we all live in . Smh … i remember when it was an accomplishment to see 21(which is still sad). Now its a gold to see 18. Our kids have to wake up and stop this. We are losing our youth. This poor young man has lost his life which he just started to live. And for what. If you want to fight or kill why not fight for your country make a mark on history instead of making a mess.

Edon was 19.