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.

Detective: Tracy Womack Was Stabbed Over 40 Times

A judge found probable cause in the case against Mark Kenyatta Bowser Jr. for the murder of Tracy Womack Tuesday, a ruling that prompted audible affirmation from Womack’s friends and family.

Police discovered 39-year-old Womack unconscious on the bedroom floor at her home in the 4600 block of Benning Road Southeast.

How many times was the victim stabbed?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Bradford asked Detective Marvin Washington in court Tuesday.

Over 40 times,” Washington answered. Gasps could be heard from friends and family in the courtroom, many of whom burst into tears. Read more

Ronnie Scharrod Edon Killed in Tuesday Morning D.C. Shooting

A shooting in the 2600 block of Birney Place Southwest killed 19-year-old Ronnie Scharrod Edon early Tuesday morning, according to MPD.

Police officers responding to the sound of gunshots at approximately 1:36 a.m. found Edon suffering from an apparent gunshot wound after their systematic canvas of the area. Edon showed no signs of life at the scene.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Defense: Demonta Chappell “had nothing to do with this murder”

Prosecutors say Demonta Chappell followed Stevann Moorer, on the night of Oct. 27, 2012, and shot and killed him.

Chappell and Moorer were walking so close that night that people may have thought they were together,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Kravis said in opening arguments Monday.

But defense attorney Emily Stirba has a different theory and argued that the wrong man is on trial.

Demonta Chappell is innocent, and he had nothing to do with this murder,” Stirba said. “You are going to hear a fabrication of a story, involving people serving in their own interest, where a man is blamed for someone else’s crime.”
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Week in Review

In brief:

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

The trial of Daquan Tinker began on Monday with opening statements. Prosecutors argue that Tinker and four other individuals robbed Antoine Boddie and shot and killed Terrence Robinson while attempting to rob him. On Tuesday, Boddie testified testified that Tinker held a gun to his head and robbed him, during which time Boddie witnessed Tinker cross the street and shoot Robinson between three and four times.

Andre Hockaday, 26, was arrested and held in connection with the November 2011 shooting death of 27-year-old Ronald Smith. According to charging documents, police believe Smith was murdered because he was a witness to the murder of Ervin Lamont Griffin.

William Hunt was indicted Tuesday for premeditated first-degree murder while armed and obstruction of justice in connection with the May 2011 stabbing death of 48-year-old George White. White was stabbed 59 times during an argument over a lawnmower, the documents say.

A judge ordered Michael Gayle held Friday in connection with the June 29 stabbing death of Eboni Domally. According to prosecutors, Domally’s 9-year-old son witnessed Gayle choke and repeatedly stab his mother. Before ruling, Judge Lynn Leibovitz told the court she found Gayle “extremely dangerous and a risk of flight.”

Anthony Williams pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday for the November 2013 shooting death of 24-year-old James Edward Booker. Police found Booker suffering from gunshot wounds on the 500 block of Alabama Avenue Southeast. Booker was taken to a local hospital where he died less than one hour later.

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of carrying a pistol without a license against Demonta Chappell, who is on trial for the murder of Stevann Moorer. Chappell still faces charges of premeditated first-degree murder, obstruction of justice and two firearms offenses.

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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Kenneth Young Jr. Killed in NW D.C. Stabbing

A man fatally stabbed in D.C. Friday afternoon has been identified as 35-year-old Kenneth Young Jr. of Northwest.

Police found Young at approximately 5:33 p.m. in the 3400 block of 14th Street Northwest suffering from an apparent stab wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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