Leonard Smith arrested and charged with Leonte Butler murder

Police located and arrested 30-year-old Leonard Martino Smith less than a week after announcing a warrant for his arrest for his involvement in a 26-year-old man’s murder. According to police, Smith is responsible for fatally stabbing Leonte Butler on March 11. Officers who responded to the scene, the 4000 block of South Capitol St., SE […]

Co-defendants’ hearing for murder of Robinson Pal rescheduled

Co-defendants Antoine Byrd and Devonte Johnson who were arrested last January in connection with Robinson’s Pal’s death, have been scheduled for a status hearing for later this year. The government was not present during the hearing Tuesday, therefore the judge decided that no updates can be discussed in court until “all parties” are “present.” When […]

Government requests murder suspect undergo evaluation

Brandon Franklin, the man accused of killing Marvin Stewart, will undergo a mental evaluation before his trial. Prosecutors told the judge on Monday a the doctor would need at least three months to complete the evaluation. The defense attorneys argued that they “don’t see” how the evaluation would be relevant to the case. The defense […]

Government refuses to identify key witness as defense grows frustrated in Dwayne Dillard murder case

Defense attorneys for co-defendants Shakim Lyon, Harry Herbert and Jonathan Taylor said they are frustrated with prosecutor’s refusal to identify a witness they believe could prove their clients’ innocence. In court on Monday, Lyon’s lawyer, Natalie Lawson, requested  the government identify the witness who, according to Lawson, is a person other than “any of the suspects” […]

Hakeem Burroughs’ trial scheduled for next May

The man accused of killing 22-year-old Jarell Walker last June, is expected to go to trial next May. Police arrested Hakeem Burroughs last June in connection with Walker’s murder at the 3700 block of Hayes St. NE. In court on Thursday, the judge scheduled a trial readiness hearing for May 4, 2018, and a trial […]

Murder suspect requests new attorney

The second man charged in connection with the death of 31-year-old Melvin Williams is requesting a new lawyer. In a letter written to Judge Zoe Bush, murder suspect Tyrale Johnson requested a new lawyer to represent him in court because he is not “pleased” with the one currently assigned to him. Bush told Johnson if his […]

Former Metrobus driver charged with murder after alleged drunk driving crash

The man accused of killing 58-year-old Lionel Bruce while driving drunk was presented in court Thursday for another chance at release. After waiving his rights to a preliminary hearing, 57-year-old Michael Fenderson’s defense attorney advocated for her client’s release for a second time. Fenderson’s lawyer emphasized Fenderson is “not a danger to the community,” arguing that […]

Lawyers argue over evidence for Dwayne Grandson murder trial

Lawyers went head to head in court Thursday over evidence related to the motive in the Dwayne Grandson murder trial set to begin next week. Grandson, 24, was killed in November 2015 after gunshots rang out on the 2500 block of Pennsylvania Ave., SE. According to police, officers found both Grandson and 25-year-old Clifton Johnson suffering […]