Derek Johnson Sentenced to 14 Years for Petworth Playgound Stabbing

Seventeen-year-old Derek Johnson was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for fatally stabbing former classmate Jamar Freeman near a Petworth playground in October. Johnson apologized to Freeman’s family for killing Freeman, who was 17 at the time of his death. Defense attorney Premal Dharia said Johnson’s remorse was real. The impact of the crime … Read more →

Derek Johnson Held in Stabbing Death of Jamar Freeman

Seventeen-year-old Derek Johnson was ordered held today after Judge Robert Richter found “substantial probability” to Johnson killed Jamar Freeman in a stabbing earlier this month. “Obviously there are various discrepancies [in witness statements], but given the statements of the eyewitnesses I find substantial probability; Mr Johnson had a motive,” Richter said. The preliminary hearing began … Read more →

Teen Arrested in Petworth Stabbing Death of Jamar Freeman

A 17-year-old from Northwest DC has been arrested in the shooting death of Jamar Freeman. The teen, identified by police as Derek Johnson, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed. He will be charged as an adult, MPD said. Freeman, also 17, died after being stabbed in Petworth earlier this month. Court records … Read more →

Derek Johnson

  • Arrested: Oct. 18, 2011
  • Age: 17
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Unknown

Pleaded guilty in the Oct. 8, 2011, death of Jamar Michael Freeman.