Police: Kevin Larnard James Killed Over Debt Dispute

A judge ordered Kevin Boykins to remain in jail Friday in connection with the January shooting death of Kevin Larnard James.

Police found 48-year-old James seated on the driver’s side of a BMW with a gunshot wound to the head on January 16 in the 1500 block of Gallatin Place Northeast. Police believe James was killed after a heated exchange with Boykins via text messages about a debt, documents say.

According to charging documents, James demanded Boykins pay him for money owed and threatened to collect the debt from Boykins’ family if he wasn’t repaid. Boykins promised to pay James that evening, but was offended by the threats to his family, documents say. Read more

Howard Randolph Sentenced to Two years for “One Punch Knockout” in the Death of Rayshawn Hailstock

Howard Randolph was sentenced to two years Friday for a fist fight that led to Rayshawn Hailstock‚Äôs death, after a single punch on June 30, 2013.

Randolph pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter in May.
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James Brown Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Darnell River’s Death

Judge Robert Morin sentenced 23-year-old James Brown Friday to 18 months in prison for shooting Darnell Rivers after Rivers and another man kidnapped his brother, Tony Brown, for ransom.

Brown will only serve 2 of those months because Judge Morin decided to sentence Brown “in aggregate” to twenty months in prison, combining two separate incidents. Brown will additionally serve 18 months in prison for attempted first-degree child sex abuse.

Brown, 23, pleaded guilty in May to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of carrying a rifle in connection with Rivers’ death. He was originally charged with first-degree premeditated murder, which can be punished by life in prison.
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Lawrence Wilkerson Held in Shooting Death of Rhett Gelb

Judge Lori Parker ordered Lawrence Wilkerson held on suspicion of first-degree murder while armed Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of Rhett Gelb.

Gelb was found shot on May 27, 2013 at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Hamilton Street Northwest next to a Cadillac Escalade, according to charging documents. He died two days later at Washington Hospital Center.

Charging documents in the case say Wilkerson shot Gelb during a drug deal after Gelb tried to pull one of his friends out of the car and away from Wilkerson.
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Opening Statements Heard in the Murder Trial Against Joseph Peoples and Bernard Fleming

All Maurice and Michael Jones wanted to do on the night of June 7, 2012 was talk to Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples about a fight earlier that day. But Fleming and Peoples didn’t want to talk, said Assistant United States Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy.

Instead, Rakoczy said, Fleming and Peoples ambushed and shot at the Jones brothers, leaving Michael dead with a bullet in his head and Maurice injured with bullet fragments in his chest.

The men are each charged with ten criminal counts in connection with Jones’ death. Opening arguments were held in the case Tuesday.

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Jimmie Fleming Held in Shooting Deaths of Derek Price and Donchell Thomas

Judge Karen Howze ordered Jimmie Fleming held Monday on suspicion of two counts of second-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Derek Price and Donchell Thomas.

Police found Price, Thomas and another victim in a car at the intersection of North Capitol and T Street early on July 13. Thomas and Price had been shot in the head, and both died at area hospitals.

Charging documents allege that Fleming shot three of his fellow passengers in a blue Honda Accord, causing the car to crash. Fleming then fled the scene, documents say.
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Lawrence Wilkerson Arrested in May 2013 Death of Rhett Gelb

A 41-year-old Southwest D.C. man has been arrested in connection with the May 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Rhett Gelb.

The man, identified by police as Lawrence Wilkerson, is suspected of first-degree murder felony murder while armed.

The arrest occurred more than two weeks after a closed hearing for Roger St John, suspected of first-degree felony murder in the case.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Comment of the Day: “This hurts my heart so bad.”

This Comment of the Day comes from Tina, who wrote about DaShawn Hammonds, who died after being shot in an alley on the 1200 block of Simms Place in Northeast D.C. on July 6.

This hurts my heart so bad. I grew up with Dashawn. I remember when I went to college and would talk to my sister and DaShawn would say you sound so educated. I miss your smile and you were a good father , son, lover, friend to all who knew him. It hurts because I haven’t seen you in years . R.I.P. Dashawn I promise I will watch over sis and nephew.

Delonte Hemphill Killed Sunday in SE D.C. Shooting

A shooting in the 3500 block of 6th Street Southeast killed 22-year-old Delonte Hemphill late Sunday evening, according to MPD.

Police officers found Hemphill at approximately 10:31 p.m. while investigating the sound of gunshots. Emergency medical services transported Hemphill to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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Second Man Dies in NW D.C. Shooting Sunday

A second adult man died Sunday evening after a Sunday morning shooting at the intersection of North Capitol and T streets Northwest, according to MPD.

The man has been identified as 20-year-old Derek Price of District Heights, Maryland. Earlier that day, Donchell Thomas, 21, died at a local hospital.

Police have arrested Jimmie Fleming, 36, on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder while armed and one count of assault with intent to kill in connection with the men’s death.

A press release from MPD is after the jump.
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