Week in Review

In brief:

Reginald Vance and Derrell Bennett pleaded innocent to charges that they shot and killed Keith Banks in Nov. 2010.

An annual report by the FBI showed the use of firearms in murders and nonnegligent manslaughters in the District to be slightly higher than the national average.

A memorial for Myles “LaShay” McLean, who was killed in July, was burned, WAMU reported.

Judge Karen Howze ruled that a fatal game of Russian Roulette, which killed twenty-year-old Lugus Fleming on Friday night, could not be a crime of second-degree murder because the teen believed to have fired the fatal shot, Terrell Rashad Brent, thought that the gun was empty.

Neighbors of slain Trinidad woman Alecia Wheeler gathered for a vigil in her memory, focusing on the impacts of domestic violence in the community and what can be done to halt it.

Gaurav Gopalan, who was found dead in Columbia Heights earlier this month and was identified at the time as a transgender woman, is believed to have been killed in a homicide, after a medical examiner’s report attributed his death to violent injuries.

Davon Holmes was ordered held on probable cause that he fatally stabbed Marcellus Bailey in August.

Quentin Joavor Ragland was killed in Southeast D.C. and Karl Pugh was ordered held on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the case.

Larnell Allen, one of the two men charged in the shooting death of teen Joseph Alonzo Sharps Jr, is not standing trial in the case as scheduled in October. Co-defendant Kwan Kearney‘s trial date of Oct. 31 remains.

Nineteen-year-old Jeffrey Britt was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the shooting death of George Rawlings after the funeral of a mutual friend.

Terrance Brooks was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of Zachery Funke, despite regret from Judge Thomas Motley that he could not impose a longer sentence on Brooks due to the plea agreement.

Isaiah Sheffield of Northeast D.C. was killed in a shooting Saturday afternoon in the 1100 block of 21st Street NE.

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