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Updates on all homicide cases.

Month in Review: June

The month of June tallied eight homicides and four cases were put to rest as suspects were either found guilty or pleaded guilty. June of 2016 saw a total of nine homicides, one more than June of 2017. From the beginning of 2017 to the end of June this year there have been fifty-seven homicides compared to […]

Ammaad El-Chase competency hearing pushed until December

The court’s timeline in deciding the competency of murder suspect Ammaad Chase-El was delayed to December. Chase-El allegedly fatally shot Antonio Ayala, 34, on Mar. 30, 2015, on 13th and Van Buren Streets, NW. Two additional suspects, Javonte Odom and Herman Odom, are also charged with the murder of Ayala. Javonte has currently entered a plea deal and is […]

Trial date set for three suspects in the murder of Derryk Johnson

A trial for the three men charged with the murder of 19-year-old Derryk Johnson will take place next September. Marcus Martin, Marc Butler, and William Cunnigham Jr. appeared in court for a status hearing where evidence for the trial was discussed. The three suspects allegedly fatally shot Johnson, on Aug. 3, 2016 on the 600 block […]

Montez Warren pleads not guilty

The man charged with the murder of Donte Miller last August pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. Montez Warren was indicted last month on charges of first-degree murder while armed, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a license outside a home or business […]

Detention hearing set for Seth Holmes

A detention hearing was set for Seth Holmes Thursday morning, who is currently being held without bail. Holmes was charged with second-degree murder while armed when Damonta Thompson was found dead in the 100 block of Irvington St. SW, on May 9. Judge Lynn Leibovitz encouraged both the defense and the prosecution to move around […]

Man who killed another after argument on dance floor found guilty

After three weeks of testimony, a guilty verdict was delivered in the trial of Mark Beasley, on all five of the charges. A jury found Beasley, 44, guilty of first-degree murder while armed, assault with intent to kill while armed, and related weapons offenses shooting Darryn Conte and Conte’s friend. During the trial, prosecutors summarized a […]

Defense granted more time to look at evidence in Deeniquia Dodds murder case

Two men charged with the murder of Deeniquia Dodds will appear in court again later this month to discuss DNA evidence against them. Jalonta Little, 26, and Monte Johnson, 21, are charged with murder for allegedly fatally shooting Dodds. The 22-year-old, also know as Gregory Dodds, was transgender. The Metropolitian Police Department has said they classified […]

Andre Becton offered a plea deal

Andre Becton pled not guilty in court Thursday morning, but the prosecution offered a new plea deal. Becton is charged with first-degree murder while armed for the murder of Darnell Peoples, who died from a shooting in September of 2016 in the 600 block of Mellon St., SE. The defense entered a plea of not […]

Dewayne Chatman offered plea deal

Dewayne Chatman, who was arrested in November for the murder of 29-year-old Evan Williams, has been offered a plea deal.    On the evening of September 8, police discovered Williams after being flagged down by a pedestrian in the 4000 block of 3rd St., SE. Suffering from a fatal gunshot wound, Williams was transported to […]

Defense for of Anthony Blackmone and Nathaniel Taylor requests evidence from Government

The attorneys for Anthony Blackmone and Nathaniel Taylor requested the government to give them evidence from the crime scene. On April 23, 2016, Blackmone and Taylor allegedly planned to rob Nuru Frenche, but things escalated and they allegedly shot him. They are charged with first-degree murder of Frenche. In court on Tuesday, the defense requested that the government give them data […]