Month in Review: July

There were twelve homicides in the month of July, and three cases were put to rest with a guilty verdict or plea. Though there were the same number of homicides in July of 2017 as last July, there have been less homicides as compared to this time last year. There have been seventy-one homicides compared […]

The timing of a guilty verdict

In the two-and-a-half years that D.C. Witness has been tracking homicides, there have only been five jury trials resulting in a guilty verdict. This summer saw a lot of cases put to rest, as it takes months to years for cases to go to trial. Out of the two-hundred plus suspects that have been charged […]

Rodney Baggott pleads not guilty

Rodney Baggott pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against him, and the motinos were set in place for a trial. Baggott is beind held for two seperate murder cases. Baggott allegedly killed 44-year-old Donald Bush, on June 13, 2015, in the 2300 block of 15th Street, NE. He was charged with second-degree murder in […]

Keith Archie ordered held without bail

The man charged with stabbing a 32-year-old was ordered held without bail.. Keith Archie allegedly fatally stabbed 32-year-old Demond Marcel Rush, on July 29, in the 3600 block of 22nd St., SE. He is being charged with second-degree murder while armed. His attorney requested that he be released on his promise that he would return for his next court […]

Lavonne Beckett ordered held without bail

The man charged with killing his female passenger after he crashed his car was ordered held without bail. Lavonne Beckett allegedly killed a woman, who has yet to be identified, when he drove his car into a pole causing her to die on impact. He is charged with second-degree murder. He appeared in court for […]

Police Chief Newsham announces arrests in two murder cases

Police Chief Newsham announced the arrest of two suspects, wanted in connection with two separate murders. At a press conference, Newsham spoke about the importance of bringing closure to the families that have lost loved ones, and holding those accountable who committed these crimes. Newsham announced the arrest of 36-year-old Keith Archie who allegedly fatally stabbed […]

Suspect indicted for murder of Chijioke Agbakahi

Master Matthew Thomas was charged with felony murder while armed for the fatal shooting of 59-year-old Chijioke Agbakahi. Agbakahi was discovered by police around 6:40 p.m, on Aug. 5, 2016, in the 5100 block of Georgia Ave., NW. He was found suffering from a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital in critical […]

Man fatally shot early Wednesday morning

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Kenneth Ronald Davis Jr. Davis was discovered by police around 1:00 a.m., on Aug. 9, in the 1200 block of W St., SE. He was discovered by police, suffering from life threatening gunshot wounds. Davis was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries. Police have […]

Hit-and-run murder suspect ordered to undergo treatment

The man charged with driving drunk and killing a 65-year-old woman will undergo treatment while his case continues. David Jones allegedly killed Carolyn Ellis, when he struck her with his car and she suffered major head trauma. He appeared to have been drinking that night. Open beer bottles were found in his car. In  court, […]

Trial date pushed back for Kassahun Abebe Edo murder suspect

Milkiyas Bayisa’s murder trial was pushed back from August to January 2018 after prosecutors had scheduling conflicts. Bayisa allegedly fatally assaulted Kassahun Abebe Edo, a resident of Irving, Texas, on Aug. 22, 2015, in the 700 block of Fairmont Street, NW. During an altercation, Edo fell and struck his head on the curb or sidewalk. He was […]