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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 […]

Jury deliberates on 1991 murder trial

On Feb. 14, the prosecution responded to the defense’s allegations of conspiring witnesses against the defendant. Assistant United States Attorney Laura Bach reminded the jury that even though the government provided witness testimony from the grand jury, the government could not say whatever it wanted. Rules still needed to be followed, she said. The four […]

Counsel delivers closing arguments for 1991 triple homicide trial

Four weeks after the murder trial against Benito Valdez began, counsel gave their closing arguments for the 1991 triple homicide case. The trial began on Jan. 23. During the prosecution’s closing argument, Assistant United States Attorney Laura Bach reviewed DNA samples found on Samantha Gillard‘s body. Bach said Gillard, 23, and Valdez’s DNA were mixed […]

Witness unable to testify in triple homicide trial

A witness called to testify, in a triple homicide murder trial, did not appear in court Feb. 12 because of an undisclosed medical condition. According to the defense, the witness saw Benito Valdez while the witness was running away from gunshots in Langdon Park on the night of April 23, 1991. However, the prosecution said […]

1991 triple homicide trial expected to wrap up next week

On Feb.8, Judge Judith Bartnoff said she expects a triple homicide trial against an alleged drug dealer to end next week. The trial began on Jan. 23. Benito Valdez is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly fatally shooting Curtis Pixley, 29, Keith Simmons, 24, and Samantha Gillard, 23, on April 23, 1991. During […]

Defendant’s ex-girlfriend testifies during triple homicide trial

The ex-girlfriend of Benito Valdez, who is currently on trial for a triple homicide in 1991, testified Feb. 5 about her violent relationship with the defendant. The ex-girlfriend told the jury that Valdez told her about the homicides of Curtis Pixley, 29; Keith Simmons, 24; and Samantha Gillard, 23, to threaten her. She said he […]

Judge pushes murder trial back

The jury trial for Dominique Williams was postponed until the week of Feb. 12. Williams, 24, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for the 2015 homicide of Marcellus Green, 39. Judge Judith Bartnoff asked witnesses to return on Feb. 13. Bartnoff pushed the trial back because she is currently dealing with a 1991 triple […]

Defendant’s friend testifies in 1991 triple homicide trial

An acquaintence of the defendant in a 1991 triple homicide testified on Jan. 31 about what he had been told of the killing. Samuel Edmonds said he and the defendant Benito Valdez met in 2001 through an acquaintance. He told the jury he sold drugs with the defendant. Edmonds said he recalled a conversation about […]

1991 triple homicide trial continues

An eyewitness, a firearms expert and the chief medical examiner were called Jan. 30 to testify in a 1991 triple homicide murder trial that began more than a week ago. Benito Valdez is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting Curtis Pixley, Keith Simmons and Samantha Gillard. Officers found the three bodies with apparent […]