Week in Review

In Brief:

A man killed last Friday night in Petworth was identified as 20-year-old Derrick Rawls and Councilwoman Muriel Bowser said his shooting was gang related. Reader “Brittany” disagreed, saying “this was not gang related……”

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced a bill in Congress to allow D.C. residents to elect a District Attorney. “A U.S. attorney has no business prosecuting the local criminal laws of a jurisdiction,” she said. “The goal of the legislation is to put the District of Columbia on par with every other local jurisdiction in attention to its local criminal laws.”

Three of the five defendants charged with the murder of missing 18-year-old Latisha Frazier waived their rights to a preliminary hearing. Defendants Brian Gaither, 23; Johnnie Sweets, 17; and Anneka Nelson, 16, have chosen to skip the preliminary hearing, a legal maneuver that indicates there is enough evidence against them to proceed to trial. Remaining defendants Cinthya Proctor, 18, and Laurence Hassan, 23, are expected to appear for preliminary hearings in March.

Terrell Kelly, 26, of Southeast, D.C, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Kyree Seabrook in November 2009.

A fight between brothers on Friday night left one man dead in Adams Morgan and another behind bars at D.C. Jail. Derrick Phillip Thornton, Jr., 22, died Friday night at a local hospital after being stabbed in the 2200 block of Champlain Street, NW, where he lived. Deon Eugene Thornton, 21, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Derrick Thornton Jr.’s death.

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