Of the 312 homicides since 2015, only 35 people have been sentenced– and not all for murder. From 2015 through March 2017, 46 homicide cases have been closed: nine were dismissed, one resulted in a not-guilty verdict, and one suspect fell into a coma. The remaining 35 cases have been resolved with a plea deal– […]
Thamar Bailey is a junior at Quinnipiac University, where she is studying journalism and minoring in Spanish and political science. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism focusing on social justice.
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Christopher Heard. According to police, on April 27 around 4 a.m. officers found Heard lying unconscious in a parking lot on 2307 Ainger Pl., SE. Heard was pronounced dead on the scene with multiple apparent gunshot wounds. Police have not released any suspect information.
After repeated attempts at reaching 53-year-old David Blakeney, family members entered his home and found him lying dead in his bathtub, according to documents. Police made note that Blakeney had been dead for a while due to his state of decomposition. Blakeney was found on April 17. His son has been charged with his murder. The […]
On Tuesday, police arrested and charged 26-year-old David Blakeney Jr. with his father’s murder. According to police, last week officers responded to 1226 Stevens Rd., SE for reports of an unconscious person. On the scene, officers found David Blakeney lying unresponsive and unconscious with multiple stab wounds in a bathtub. Blakeney was pronounced dead on the […]
Christian Romero, the man accused of fatally stabbing 38-year-old Dimas Fuentes-Lazo, was presented in court Wednesday for a status hearing. The prosecution started off the proceeding by informing the judge he turned over all evidence in the case to the defense. He also formally offered Romero, 23, a plea bargain. Under the parameters of the plea […]
Friday, more than a month after 33-year-old Steven Stewart was fatally shot, police announced Antoine Kingwood was arrested in connection with Stewarts’ murder. According to police, on March 17 officers responded to 2200 block of Minnesota Ave., SE for reports of a shooting. On the scene, officers found Stewart suffering from a gunshot wound. Kingwood, […]
Two years after his murder, Richard Dudley’s killer was sentenced to 16 years in prison. As a part of his plea agreement, Andrew Miller, 32, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed for Dudley’s death. According to court documents, in March 2015 Miller sold Dudley, 61, two bags of crack cocaine at the 500 block of […]
Defense attorney says there’s no conflict of interest, two weeks after judge ordered trial date vacated
Monday, a day before Dwayne Dillard’s murder trial was originally set to begin, co-defendants Shakim Lyon, Harry Herbert, Nathaniel Taylor and James Coffield were presented in court. The trial vacated initially because of a previous claim of a conflict of interest. Defense attorney Natalie Lawson, told the court that there was in fact no conflict of […]
Brandon Byrd, the 20-year-old man charged with his father’s murder, was presented in court Monday for a status hearing. The prosecution filed a motion relating to evidence in his case. As part of his motion, the prosecution mentioned previous records. Defense attorney Emily Barth, rebutted the motion and said that the prosecution did not meet […]
Malcolm Cunningham picked up a knife and threatened to kill 79-year-old David Norwood weeks before he alleged stabbed Norwood to death over the weekend, according to charging documents. According to police, Sunday afternoon officers responded to 619 block of C St., NE and found Norwood lying on the dining room floor with apparent stab wounds […]