Judge William Jackson sentenced Lanee Bell to three years in prison Tuesday in connection with the brutal beating death of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier. Bell’s jail time was suspended and she must complete two years of probation. Bell had pled guilty to kidnapping in the case and said Tuesday that her participation in Frazier’s death was … Read more →
By the prosecutor’s estimation, the death of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier is not a “who done it.” “By the defendant’s own words, he is guilty, guilty, guilty,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Melinda Williams said in closing arguments Monday. That defendant, Johnnie Sweet, is accused of taking part in a brutal “peer pressure” fueled beating. A beating in … Read more →
What can be described as the final chapter in the story of Latisha Frazier’s death began Tuesday morning with the start of defendant Johnnie Sweet’s murder trial. Sweet, 19, is charged with taking part in Frazier’s death- a killing that, as one teen described at trial Tuesday, was fueled by peer pressure. Six young people … Read more →
Signaling that the Grand Jury could take the full nine months allotted by law to indict the Latisha Frazier murder case, Judge William Jackson set the next hearing date for the case for Oct. 21. The date is one day before the nine-month deadline to indict the case against Brian Gaither, the first of six … Read more →
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An attorney for Brian Gaither, suspected of first-degree murder in the death of Latisha Frazier, is seeking to compel authorities to search for Frazier’s body, believed to be in a Richmond landfill. Eugene Ohm, representing Gaither at a felony status conference Friday morning, said physical evidence contained on Frazier’s remains could determine whether his client … Read more →
UPDATED A 17-year-old from Southeast D.C. has been arrested and charged in the murder of Latisha Frazier, Metro Police reported this evening. Lanee Bell is the sixth person arrested in the case. Two other female teens are also among those arrested. According to police, Bell was arrested on suspicion of Felony Murder (Kidnapping) and charged … Read more →
MPD announced on Feb. 15 that Bell had been arrested on suspicion of felony murder with the underlying charge being kidnapping in Frazier's death. No homicide charge was ever prosecuted; a kidnapping charge in the case resulted in a guilty plea. Bell was 17-years-old at the time of her arrest.