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Updates on all homicide cases.

Saeve Evans still awaiting indictment

Saeve Evans appeared in court for a felony status conference. Evans allegedly fatally shot Breyona McMillian, 16, in the 1200 Block I Street, SE on Nov. 25, 2016. Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo asked the prosecutor if she was ready to indict Evans, but she said that they won’t be ready to indict until next month. Prosecutors have nine months […]

Judge denies request for preliminary hearing before trial

The alleged suspects in the murder of 50-year-old Lenard Wills appeared in court for a status hearing. Joseph Barbour, Willie Glover and Charles McRae allegedly stabbed Wills on Dec. 21, 2015 on the 700 block of 24th Street, NE. In court, Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo asked McRae and Barbour if they wanted evidence, collected from the government, […]

Government requests Jose Rodriguez undergo fingerprinting

The defense for Jose Rodriguez-Cruz and the government discussed DNA evidence in a status hearing while Rodriguez-Cruz awaits a trial. Rodriguez allegedly killed 47-year-old Pamela Butler and was charged with first-degree murder on April 10. According to detectives he has had a history of alleged violence. The government said some DNA testing had been conducted […]

Lamont McDonald’s preliminary hearing pushed back

Lamont McDonald remains hospitalized after he was shot earlier this month in a fight with another man, whom he allegedly killed. McDonald allegedly shot Malachi Yisrael, 43, in 300 block of 50th street, Northeast on July 5. An alleged drug deal between the two resulted in a confrontation. Yisrael hit McDonald multiple times, which caused McDonald to […]

Wait continues for mental evaluation of Brandon Franklin

The government said they are still waiting on a report from a doctor evaluating Brandon Franklin. Franklin allegedly stabbed Marvin Stewart, 49, on Jan. 8, 2015 on the 700 block of 19th ST. NE. In April, the government requested that Franklin undergo a mental evaluation, giving a timeline of three months for that to be done. […]

Jamil Betts requests to change his plea and is denied

Jamil Betts’ request to withdraw his previous guilty plea was denied in court. Betts was arrested in July for the murder of Andre Antwon McConnell, 10 weeks after the victim was fatally shot and killed. McConnell was found in late April on the 3100 block of Buena Vista Terrace, SE along with another adult male. […]

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 […]