Jury deliberates on 1991 murder trial

On Feb. 14, the prosecution responded to the defense’s allegations of conspiring witnesses against the defendant. Assistant United States Attorney Laura Bach reminded the jury that even though the government provided witness testimony from the grand jury, the government could not say whatever it wanted. Rules still needed to be followed, she said. The four […]

Counsel delivers closing arguments for 1991 triple homicide trial

Four weeks after the murder trial against Benito Valdez began, counsel gave their closing arguments for the 1991 triple homicide case. The trial began on Jan. 23. During the prosecution’s closing argument, Assistant United States Attorney Laura Bach reviewed DNA samples found on Samantha Gillard‘s body. Bach said Gillard, 23, and Valdez’s DNA were mixed […]

Documents: Ashton Briscoe news release

Ashton Briscoe, 23, was arrested on Feb. 10 and charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting Kerrice Lewis, 23, on Dec. 28, 2017. Ashton Briscoe news release (PDF) Ashton Briscoe news release (Text)

Witness unable to testify in triple homicide trial

A witness called to testify, in a triple homicide murder trial, did not appear in court Feb. 12 because of an undisclosed medical condition. According to the defense, the witness saw Benito Valdez while the witness was running away from gunshots in Langdon Park on the night of April 23, 1991. However, the prosecution said […]

Spires receives 35 years for Kevin Sutherland homicide

The man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing Kevin Sutherland was sentenced to 35 years on Feb. 9. In addition to his sentence, Jasper Spires will be required to serve five additional years under supervised release. The court has ordered that Spires, 21, also receive mental health treatment and undergo a mental evaluation prior to […]

1991 triple homicide trial expected to wrap up next week

On Feb.8, Judge Judith Bartnoff said she expects a triple homicide trial against an alleged drug dealer to end next week. The trial began on Jan. 23. Benito Valdez is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly fatally shooting Curtis Pixley, 29, Keith Simmons, 24, and Samantha Gillard, 23, on April 23, 1991. During […]

Defendant’s ex-girlfriend testifies during triple homicide trial

The ex-girlfriend of Benito Valdez, who is currently on trial for a triple homicide in 1991, testified Feb. 5 about her violent relationship with the defendant. The ex-girlfriend told the jury that Valdez told her about the homicides of Curtis Pixley, 29; Keith Simmons, 24; and Samantha Gillard, 23, to threaten her. She said he […]

Police investigating fatal stabbing in downtown D.C.

A man was fatally stabbed in downtown D.C. over the weekend. On Feb. 3, Gregory Monroe, 56, was found with apparent stab wounds in a residence on the 400 block of H Street, NW. The homicide is under investigation, but the Metropolitan Police Department has not released any information on a suspect or suspects at […]

Man sentenced to 22 years for 2007 homicide

Convicted second-degree murderer Maurice Blakey was sentenced to 22 years Feb. 2. After his prison sentence, Blakey, 25, will be required to serve five additional years under supervised release and register as a gun offender. In November of 2017, Blakey pled guilty to second-degree murder for fatally shooting Timothy Spicer on Nov. 17, 2007, while […]