Alphonso Roberts anticipates entering plea negotiations

Murder suspect Alphonso Roberts anticipates entering plea negotiations with the government, his attorney said in court last week.

Roberts is due back in court July 22 for an update on the case and negotiations. The 32-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder while armed.

According to charging documents, on Feb. 10 police found victim Maurico Walker lying behind the Anacostia Library suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in the back of his head.

Detectives found sixteen 9mm shell-casings at the scene. Blood was spattered on the grass near where Walker was found. Both a nearby metal pillar and wall of the library were found struck by gunshot marks. Video footage was recovered from the area and showed a suspect, later identified by police as Roberts, driving a four-door gold or silver Volvo, approaching the scene of the shooting, pulling up to the back of the library, and then rushing from the scene.

After a search warrant was executed, the Metropolitan Police found a loaded glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, an assault rifle, multiple rounds of ammunition, and a large amount of drugs and cash in Roberts’ apartment.

After confiscation of Roberts’ phone, police found an extensive search history on articles about the shooting after it took place on February 10. Detectives reviewed browsing history of the device back a month prior and found no other specific search regarding homicides. After this extensive investigation, Alphonso Roberts was arrested and charged with Walker’s murder.




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