Michael Oshea Smith died after being shot in Barry Farm early Saturday morning; a second shooting victim found with Smith survived.
Jurors found five young men guilty in the South Capitol Street shootings more than two years after the killings and nearly two weeks of jury deliberations. The crime: Five people under the age of 21 were shot and killed over eight days in March 2010: Jordan Howe, 20; Brishell Jones, 16; DaVaughn Boyd, 18; William Jones III, 19; Tavon Nelson, 17. Orlando Carter, 22, and Jeffrey Best, 23, were convicted on five counts of first-degree murder, as well as charges of assault, conspiracy, gun possession and destruction of property. Robert Bost, 23, was convicted of four counts of first-degree murder, while Sanquan Carter, 21, was convicted of one count. Lamar Williams, 23, was found guilty of multiple counts of second-degree murder, as well as gun possession and conspiracy charges.Sentencing is scheduled for September.
Jury deliberations began in the case against Zachary Sims, accused of fatally shooting 16-year-old Jamal Bell at a Go-Go themed graduation party in Northwest DC in June 2010.
Michael Davis, the brother of football stars Vernon and Vontae Davis, was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of 66-year-old Denver man Gary Dederichs. Judge Robert Morin, however, found the 19-year-old mentally incompetent to stand trial at this time. Davis is also suspected in four other similar but non-fatal attacks that took place in the hours after Dederichs was killed. At a preliminary hearing in the case, Morin said it was likely that all five of the attacks can be tied to Davis.