Week in Review

In brief:

A mistrial was declared a mistrial in the case against Raymond Roseboro, after the jury notified the court for the third time that they were deadlocked. Roseboro, 21, was charged with first-degree murder while armed in the shooting death of 16-year-old Prince Okorie. A comment left by Anonguest said:

I believe Mr. Roseboro committed the crime and lied to the jury when he took the stand but I can understand why the jury did not convict. No impartial witness could identify Mr. Roseboro as the shooter. There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime. The bottom line was did the jury believe the two men who were allegedly with Mr. Roseboro and the victim.

James Fields, suspected in the shooting death of Christopher Freeman in Southeast DC on August 5, pled innocent to the charges against him.

Nineteen-year-old Kevin Bolden died after being shot by MPD officers responding to a call in Southeast DC for a drug complaint. MPD says Bolden brandished a gun at officers and fired before MPD fired at him.

A Temple Hills, Md. man has been arrested in connection with a 2005 shooting in Northeast DC, MPD said. James Presley Harris, 31, died in that shooting. Jamel Callis, 26, is suspected of first degree murder while armed, MPD said.

A 911 call made by a witness to Angelo Jones’ shooting death in Clay Terrace in Oct. 2010 raises questions about whether the shooting could have been prevented.

The recording, made public by Homicide Watch DC as part of our comprehensive coverage of Rickey Pharr’s trial, lasts eight minutes; in the first five minutes of the call a total of six locations or landmarks were given by the caller to the 911 operator, all within about a square mile of each other in Northeast DC. Then, as the operator continued to struggle to enter an address in for dispatch, the gunshots that killed Jones rang out.

Community leaders and some in law enforcement say that had the call been handled differently that the shooting could have been prevented.

DC Councilman Phil Mendelson, chairs the Committee on the Judiciary which oversees the city’s 911 system. has promised a review of the call.

Listen to the audio below.

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