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Clifton Johnson

Clifton Johnson sentenced to 21 years

A man who shot and killed another after a fight outside a Chinese restaurant was sentenced to 21 years in jail. Clifton Johnson, 27, was found guilty of second-degree murder for shooting Dwayne Grandson. Johnson was sentenced to 16 years for shooting Johnson, and five years for gun charges. During the trial, Johnson’s attorney argued […]

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 […]

Clifton Johnson found guilty of murder

After days of deliberations, a jury found Clifton Johnson guilty of second-degree murder while armed, carrying a pistol without a license and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. Johnson was found not guilty of first-degree murder. He stood trial for the shooting death of 24-year-old Dwayne Grandson last November. Grandson was found […]

Trial against Clifton Johnson continues with forensic evidence

Clifton Johnson’s Defense Attorney Harry Tun told the court his client carried a gun the night Dwayne Grandson was killed because he was afraid of getting robbed. In court Wednesday, Tun argued that someone broke into his client’s home before and that’s why he carried a gun and suggested the same fear led him to kill […]

Dwayne Grandson’s mother testifies at his murder trial

The government and defense lawyers gave opening statements on Tuesday, for the trial of Clifton Johnson charged with the alleged murder of Dwayne Grandson. In his opening address to the jury, United States Attorney Richard Barker, said the case is about a man who “fired eight shots” at Dwayne Grandson. Barker described to the jury […]

Government calls key witnesses for Clifton Johnson trial

The events that led to the death of Dwayne Johnson were described to the jury Wednesday by key witnesses presented by the government. Dominique Massenburg, the man who gave Clifton a ride to the restaurant  the night he allegedly murdered Dwayne Grandson, testified in court Monday. When asked to describe to the jury what he saw […]

Medical Examiner testifies in Dwayne Grandson murder trial

The medical examiner who performed the autopsy of Dwayne Grandson, confirmed to the jury Wednesday that Grandson died of gunshot wounds. During his testimony, Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Zabuli Ali told the jury he was able to determine Grandson was shot in the torso. Ali found three entrance and exit wounds of gunshots in Grandson’s […]

Court selects jury for Clifton Johnson Trial

The court moved forward Monday with a jury selection as they prepared to head to trial for Clifton Johnson, in his connection with  24-year-old Dwayne Grandson’s murder. The judge told potential jurors that they “took an oath” and it is hers as well as the lawyers’ jobs to make sure they (jurors) are as unbiased as […]

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 […]