Jury Begins Deliberations in Andre Miles Murder Trial

A jury must now decide if Andre Miles killed Sandy Green III, after attorneys made their final arguments Wednesday.

It’s first degree [murder] because after shooting him four times, [Green] falls to the ground and [Miles] shoots him two more times in his back,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Liebman said. “And he carried [the gun] there and he carried it away, which is why the police didn’t find it.”

According to the government, Miles was dating Green’s girlfriend’s younger sister. Miles killed Green because Green told him to stay away from her, Liebman alleged.

But defense attorney Billy Ponds argued that Miles had no motive. He had multiple girlfriends at any given time, Ponds said. Miles would hardly have cared if he was told to stay away from just one of those girls.

He’s no killer, he’s a lover,” Ponds told jurors in his closing arguments Wednesday. “Charge him as guilty of being a serial dater.”
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Prosecutor: Jarod Yorkshire is “knee deep in murder”

A judge found probably cause that Jarod Yorkshire committed first-degree murder and obstruction of justice for his alleged role in the death of Derrick Ragland.

Yorkshire, 21, is the second suspect linked to Ragland’s murder. In September, a judge declared a mistrial in the case against Raymond Faunteroy after jurors couldn’t reach a verdict on any charges against him.

The evidence is pretty compelling,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner said. “He is knee deep in murder.”
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Witness to Defense Attorney: “I saw your client walk up and shoot Sandy”

On the witness stand, Misty Gibson reluctantly told jurors that on April 30, 2012, she witnessed Andre Miles shoot Sandy Green III at point-blank range.

I seen Mr. Green get shot,” Gibson testified. While driving, she saw two individuals with Green named “Blood” and “Fat back.” “They were walking on the street and they were all together,” Gibson said. She told jurors that she then saw someone approach Green and fire a gun at him.

The shooter,” she said, was Andre Miles, whom she referenced as “the light-skinned man sitting with defense.”
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Substantial Probability Found in Case Against Dominique Holmes

A judge found substantial probability Monday that Dominique Holmes committed second-degree murder in the shooting death of Ricky Kelly in October.

Holmes’ co-defendant, Gregory Smithwick, is charged only with armed car jacking, though both were arrested for Kelly’s murder.

On October 10, police found Kelly dead in the 100 block of Ivanhoe Street Southwest shot multiple times.
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Detectives: Simmering Feud Preceded Arthur Lee Gaither’s Death

Before the fight that left Arthur Lee Gaither dead, John Dyson and Alisha King left a note on his girlfriend’s car, warning him: “Dis ain’t what you want lil dude.”

Charging documents say Dyson and King went to Gaither’s residence on December 9 to confront him about threatening texts he sent to Dyson earlier that morning. They knocked on his apartment door, documents say, but no one answered. It’s unclear if Gaither ever saw their note.

A judge found probable cause Monday against Dyson and King for second-degree murder charges in connection with Gaither’s death. Dyson will be held at the D.C. jail until his arraignment. King, who has no prior criminal record, is released into high intensity supervision.
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Charges Against Lennard Sweeney Dropped

Prosecutors dropped all charges against Lennard Sweeney Monday. He had been accused of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 38-year-old Edward Eugene Hall, Jr. on September 9.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office dismissed the charge without prejudice and the case remains under investigation,” spokesman William Miller said. “Because the investigation is continuing, we have no further comment.”
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Week in Review

In brief:

One homicide was reported this week.

A judge found probable cause in the case against Raheem Jones, who is accused of fatally shooting Deandria Conyers on September 14.

The trial of Claire Rice opened. Prosecutors said Rice spent an entire month planning her cousin Anthony Garland Rice’s murder in order to cash in on two life insurance policies. The money would have kept Rice from from losing her house.

A judge found probable cause in the case against Heritage Jones, 21, who is accused of shooting Kirk Deangelo Perry more than 13 times in an argument over a dog on November 30.

A judge sentenced Delrico Shuford to five years in prison for his participation in the shooting death of Tyrell Fogle, 17, on August 29, 2011. Shuford is the last man to be sentenced in connection to the 21st and Vietnam killings.

Anthony Williams was sentenced to 15 years in prison for second-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting death of 24-year-old James Edward Booker.

Jurors found Kevin Walker, 39, guilty in the 2013 double homicide of siblings Jamie and Jamal Jenkins.

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 chris@homicidewatch.org. To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.
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Kevin Walker Found Guilty in Double Homicide

Jurors found Kevin Walker, 39, guilty in the 2013 double homicide of siblings Jamie and Jamal Jenkins.

The verdict delivered Friday evening convicted Walker of two counts of first-degree murder while armed and two related weapons charges.
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15 Year Sentence for James Booker’s Death

Anthony Williams was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for second-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting death of 24-year-old James Edward Booker.

Williams, who pleaded guilty to the charge in October, turned 18 last week.

He’s an adult now,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kendra Briggs told the court. “He’ll have to face his decision to take Mr. Booker’s life on November 5, 2013 … as an adult.”
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