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Eugene Burns

Eugene Burns sentenced for the murder of his best friend

A fight between two friends ended in murder and now a conviction. Eugene Burns was sentenced by Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo to 31 years in prison for killing Onyekachi Osuchukwu III in 2015. Burns was found guilty in July 2017 of first-degree murder while armed and other weapon offenses. According to a witness at his trial, […]

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 […]

Eugene Burns found guilty of murder

Eugene Burns, charged with the murder of his supposed best friend, Onyekachi Osuchukwu III, was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday. He faces a potential sentence of life in prison. Osuchukwu was found by police in the 2900 block of 2nd Street, SE in November of 2015. He had succumbed to gunshot wounds by […]

Murder suspect testifies on last day of trial

The man charged with the murder of Onyekachi Osuchukwu III testified at his own trial that he shot his friend in self defense during an argument about their strategy for selling drugs. Eugene Burns, charged with first-degree murder while armed testified on the last day of his trial that he and Osuchukwu were shipping drugs from California to […]

Murder suspect’s father arrested during trial

A murder suspect’s father was arrested within the first five minutes of Thursday’s trial. Eugene Burns’ father, Eugene Burns Sr. was brought to the holding cells in the back of the courtroom after police executed an arrest warrant due to an allegation of witness intimidation. Burns Sr. has been in attendance for nearly every part of […]

Victim’s high school sweetheart testifies in murder trial

A woman who picked up Onyekachi Osuchukwu III from the airport and drove him to a friend’s house where he was later killed testified at his murder suspect’s trial. Eugene Burns is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting Onyekachi Osuchukwu III on November 15, 2015. Osuchukwu was living in California, but made frequent trips […]