Judge Orders David Jamal Wilson Held in Fatal Stabbing in Columbia Heights

David Jamal Wilson appeared in court Monday, where Judge Karen Howze ordered him held without bond in connection with the fatal stabbing of Howard Venable Jr.

Officers responded to reports of an unconscious person at about 6:48 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived at the Fuller Street Northwest apartment, they found Venable lying face down in the doorway to a bedroom, in a pool of blood.

According to charging documents in the case, a witness told police that Wilson, 21, and Venable, 68, were roommates, and there were no signs of forced entry or a struggle when officers searched the apartment, according to charging documents.

Investigators also found that $613.50 was withdrawn from Venable’s bank accounts at a BP gas station in Capitol Heights, Md. early Sunday morning. Officers identified Wilson as a suspect after viewing surveillance footage from the gas station, the documents state.

Officers found Wilson at a home in District Heights, Md., where he agreed to travel with them to Washington for questioning.

Officers arrested Wilson after he “provided numerous inconsistent accounts” of the murder, including mentioning that Venable had been stabbed, when the detail had not been publicly released. Wilson later said the men had been arguing inside the apartment.

The case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 20 at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Herbert Dixon.

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