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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– […]

March tallies more homicides than the last two months combined

By the close of March the nation’s capitol tallied 15 homicides, more murders than the past two months combined. The first homicide was on March 3, when 41-year-old Desmond Joseph succumbed to his injuries. Joseph was injured the day before in an argument with construction worker Paul Hagan, 36. Hagan delivered a single punch that […]

Month in Review: February

The first homicide of the month came just hours after the sun set on Feb. 1. Police found 25-year-old Tyronn Hodges’ lifeless body in a car on the 900 block of Eastern Ave. NE. The suspect, Myshawn Dondre Allen, 23, was arrested on the scene and charged with first-degree murder while armed and assault with […]

January homicides follow trend of last two years

The nation’s capital didn’t tally it’s first homicide until six days after the new year, but the numbers quickly added up to eight and followed trends for the past two years. The first homicide of the year actually began in October of last year, when Richard Lewis, 57, was assaulted outside of Union Station. Lewis succumbed […]

D.C. Homicides down slightly from 2015 numbers

In his first remarks as the Republican party’s nominee, presidential candidate Donald Trump pointed to an increase in homicides in the largest cities, including in D.C. as evidence of the instability of the country. “Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this Administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement,” Trump said. “Homicides […]