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Month in Review: July

There were twelve homicides in the month of July, and three cases were put to rest with a guilty verdict or plea. Though there were the same number of homicides in July of 2017 as last July, there have been less homicides as compared to this time last year. There have been seventy-one homicides compared […]

The timing of a guilty verdict

In the two-and-a-half years that D.C. Witness has been tracking homicides, there have only been five jury trials resulting in a guilty verdict. This summer saw a lot of cases put to rest, as it takes months to years for cases to go to trial. Out of the two-hundred plus suspects that have been charged […]

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 […]

In a year when homicides decreased, vehicular deaths increased

The number of traffic-related deaths counted by the DC medical examiner increased from 45 in 2015 to 58 in 2016, all of which were classified as accidents. However, this data is not specific to only DC, as the DC medical examiner’s office also investigates deaths for Virginia and Maryland. From 2015 to date, there have […]

Month in Review: Half of April’s homicides closed with arrest

Of the three homicides counted in April closed with an arrest, all of those cases were domestic in nature. Police counted 6 homicides in April– including one in which a woman who went missing years ago was officially counted as a homicide this year. Police arrested and charged Jose Rodriguez-Cruz for the death of his […]

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– […]