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Updates on all homicide cases.

Brandon Byrd mental observation hearing continues

The man charged with killing his father is continuing to undergo mental evaluations and a stay at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Brandon Byrd, 20, allegedly stabbed his father Otis Byrd, 44, on Aug. 10, 2016. Expert witnesses testified about Byrd’s competency, and treatments for schizophrenia. The defendant has been at St. Elizabeths hospital engaged in individual treatment […]

Man arrested in the shooting of Antwaun Smith

Detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that took place Sept. 10 in the 600 block of Newton Place, NW. Antwaun Smith, 41, was discovered suffering from a gunshot wound around 9:28 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Police Department. When DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene, Smith had no signs of life and was […]

Driver in traffic fatality pleads guilty to manslaughter

Lawrence Dukes waived his right to a trial and pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter for the death of Tyre Donnell Bailey. On Oct. 12, 2016, Dukes was traveling on Suitland Parkway, failed to stop at the red traffic signal and struck a Metrobus, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The driver and three passengers […]

Trial against Leon Stewart scheduled for February

The man charged with the murder of Darnell Lee Richardson is scheduled for trial next February. Leon Stewart allegedly shot and killed Richardson while inside a car last March. Investigators later found four cell phones inside the vehicle, presumably holding important information for the case, according to defense attorney Gabriel Diaz. However, Diaz said the two password-protected cell phones […]

Man pleads guilty to murder of Tricia McCauley

The man who raped and murdered an actress and yoga instructor last Christmas pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Tuesday. As part of a plea agreement, Duane Johnson, entered a guilty plea in exchange for a 30-year sentence, pending the judge’s approval. According to the facts read in the courtroom, Tricia McCauley was driving on […]

Man pleads guilty to killing Damonta Thompson

A man who fled to Florida after shooting another man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Seth Holmes, 25, will now face a sentence of 10 to 14 years. Holmes admitted to shooting Damonta Thompson this May. Holmes followed Thompson in his car on the 100 block of Irvington St., SW, and shot at him four […]

Clifton Johnson sentenced to 21 years

A man who shot and killed another after a fight outside a Chinese restaurant was sentenced to 21 years in jail. Clifton Johnson, 27, was found guilty of second-degree murder for shooting Dwayne Grandson. Johnson was sentenced to 16 years for shooting Johnson, and five years for gun charges. During the trial, Johnson’s attorney argued […]

Man charged with Victor Williams’ murder

Police have charged a man with the murder of Victor Williams last month. Wandell Roy, 41, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed. Williams was fatally shot on the Anacostia River Trail on July 26. He was found dead from apparent gunshot wounds and was taken to the medical examiner’s office.