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Darryn Conte

Mark Beasley sentenced for nightclub murder of Darryn Conte

The family and friends of 39-year-old Darryn Conte sat in court on Friday, as Mark Beasley was sentenced to 30 years for murdering Conte after an argument at a nightclub. On April 26, 2015, police responded to reports of gunshots when they found Darryn Conte and his brother, Dennis Conte, with apparent bullet wounds. Though […]

Month In Review: October

There were 12 homicides in October 2017 and nine cases were resolved. Here is our monthly wrap-up of cases covered in October. Homicides Of the 12 homicides, ten of them were shootings, one was a stabbing, and one was a murder by asphyxiation. Five arrests have been made in the October murders, and two arrests […]

Month in Review: July

There were twelve homicides in the month of July, and three cases were put to rest with a guilty verdict or plea. Though there were the same number of homicides in July of 2017 as last July, there have been less homicides as compared to this time last year. There have been seventy-one homicides compared […]

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 […]

Man who killed another after argument on dance floor found guilty

After three weeks of testimony, a guilty verdict was delivered in the trial of Mark Beasley, on all five of the charges. A jury found Beasley, 44, guilty of first-degree murder while armed, assault with intent to kill while armed, and related weapons offenses shooting Darryn Conte and Conte’s friend. During the trial, prosecutors summarized a […]

Darryn Conte’s friend gives emotional testimony at trial

A friend of murder victim Darryn Conte, who found his friend after being shot, gave an emotional testimony during the trial for Conte’s alleged killer. Mark Beasley is on trial for allegedly shooting Conte on April 26, 2015. Conte’s friend and Conte had worked together, and the friend was Conte the night he was killed at the Takoma Station […]

Detectives discuss suspect identification process before trial

Before the trial against Mark Beasley began, the prosecution brought in two homicide detectives to cement Beasley’s role in the murder of Darryn Conte. Beasley, 42, allegedly shot and killed Conte, 39, on April 26, 2015 in the 400 block of Butternut St., NW. Beasley’s defense claimed witnesses identification of him as a suspect was not reliable, […]

Mark Beasley Trial begins with MPD Officer testimony

The murder trial for Mark Beasley began Wednesday with opening statements. Beasley is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting Darryn Conte, 39, on April 26, 2015 in the 400 block of Butternut St., NW. During opening statements, the defense said their client is not the one who murdered Conte, but suggested that it was instead one […]

Darryn Conte murder trail set to begin next month

A trial for the man charged with the murder of Darryn Conte will go ahead as planned next month. Mark Beasley, 42, has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting Conte. Previously the prosecution said they foresee the trial lasting close to two weeks with cross examinations. The trial is scheduled to begin June 26. Conte is being […]