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Jury finds Davon Peyton guilty of involuntary manslaughter

A two-week long homicide trial came to a close Feb. 16 when a jury found Davon Peyton guilty of involuntary manslaughter and related weapons charges for the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Ray Andre Harrison. According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Peyton, 27, shot Harrison on the 1300 block of Adams Street, NE on Nov. 13, […]

Benito Valdez found guilty of triple homicide

After deliberating for two days, a jury found Feb. 16 Benito Valdez guilty of first-degree murder while armed for the homicides of Curtis Pixley, 29; Keith Simmons, 24; and Samantha Gillard, 23, on April 23, 1991 in Langdon Park, located on the 1800 block of Franklin Street, NE. Valdez was also found guilty of three […]

Prosecution claims 2015 homicide was an act of revenge

 As part of the prosecution’s opening statements in a murder trial Feb. 15, the death of Marcellus Green. resulted from an act of revenge. The prosecution said Dominique Xavier Williams allegedly wanted to make a statement to the person who threatened him, and Steven Pugh wanted seek revenge for his girlfriend, whose tires were slashed on […]

Thomas Joyner pleads guilty to 2016 homicide

On Feb. 16, Thomas Joyner pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder while armed for fatally shooting Joe Cook on Sept. 6, 2016. As part of the plea agreement, the prosecution dismissed the remaining charges on the indictment, including second-degree theft, assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of possession of a firearm during […]

Prosecution calls more eyewitnesses on 3rd day of murder trial

On the third day of a murder trial, the prosecution called Feb. 15 two eyewitnesses to give their stories of a series of events during and after an alleged homicide on Oct. 20, 2015. Kevin Chase and Demetrius Brandon are charged with first-degree murder while armed for the alleged shooting death of Marcus Manor on […]

Prosecution urges jury to convict alleged shooter

The prosecution in a 2015 murder trial recently said 27-year-old Davon Peyton‘s testimony about 21-year-old Ray Andre Harrison’s death was illogical. In response to the defense’s closing argument, Assistant United States Attorney Katie Earnest said Feb. 15 that self-defense is not applicable for Peyton because he made the conscious decision to grab a loaded gun […]

Documents: Davon Peyton arrest warrant

Davon Peyton, 27, was arrested on Nov. 21, 2015 and charged with second-degree murder while armed for the fatal 2015 shooting of Ray Andre Harrison. Davon Peyton Arrest Warrant (PDF) Davon Peyton Arrest Warrant (Text)

Documents: Jose Luzunaris news release

Jose Luzunaris, 52, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed on Feb. 15 for allegedly fatally stabbing Gregory Monroe, 56, on Feb. 3. Jose Luzunaris news release (PDF) Jose Luzunaris news release (Text)