Majority of D.C.’s homicide cases are settled with plea bargain

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– […]

Police investigating Southeast shooting

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.

Police charge David Blakeney’s son with his murder

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 […]

Prosecution offers Christian Romero plea bargain for April 2016 murder

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 […]

Police announce arrest in Steven Stewart murder

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, […]

Judge rules in favor of prosecution motion in Otis Byrd murder case

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 […]