Raymond Roseboro Trial Expected to Begin Today

Prince Okorie was 16 years old when he was gunned down at 4:30 in the afternoon on a residential street in Petworth in November 2010.

Today Raymond Roseboro will stand trial in Okorie’s death.

Roseboro, now 21, is accused of first-degree murder while armed as well as felony murder in connection with Okorie’s death.

According to charging documents in the case, a witness to Okorie’s death “heard a gunshot, looked, and saw [Roseboro] armed with a gun in [his] hand and [Okorie] on the ground. As [the witness] turned away, it heard additional gunshots.”

Said MPD Chief Cathy Lanier at Roseboro’s arrest: “This homicide occurred on an afternoon on a residential street. Members of the community offered information and have been anxious to see this case come to a closure. Our communities have spoken - this city is not a place where you can get away with murder.”

At a preliminary hearing in Dec. 2010, MPD Homicide Detective Darin March said investigators believe Okorie was killed because of rumors that he was cooperating with the government’s investigation into the shooting death of Catholic University student Neil Godleski.

Eric Foreman, a close friend of Roseboro’s, is charged in the Godleski case.

Judge Ronna Beck had been assigned to the case but it has been moved to Judge Russell Canan; Judge Beck is hearing the South Capitol Street murder case, which is expected to last several weeks. Judge Canan is expected to call Roseboro’s case at 11 a.m. Monday.

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