Week in Review

In brief:

Candance Reed, 40, was killed early Friday morning on George Avenue NW. A second stabbing victim has survived.

Shamika Smith, 24, was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing Benning Road in Southeast DC last Friday evening. Woodrow Johnson, 52, was presented Monday with a charge of second-degree murder in connection with Smith’s death.

Dwayne Hilton, 21, pleaded innocent Friday to charges of first-degree premeditated murder while armed, assault with intent to kill while armed, and several related weapons offenses in connection with the November 2011 shooting death of 18-year-old Mico Briscoe.

Chavez Myers moved forward to sentencing Friday after affirming his guilty plea to first-degree murder while armed in connection with the November 2012 stabbing death of 18-year-old Olijawon Griffin.

Christopher Martin, 27, was sentenced Friday to 29 years in prison for the 2010 murder of his mother, Patricia Ann Martin, and subsequent assault on his brother, the US Attorney’s Office said.

Michael Poth’s trial began Thursday with eyewitness testimony and video footage. Poth, 21, a former Marine, is charged with second-degree murder while armed in connection with the 2012 fatal stabbing death of Philip Bushong, a fellow Marine. The trial is expected to continue this week.

A mistrial was declared in the murder case against Joshua Andrews after the jury notified the court three times they were deadlocked. Andrews is charged with first-degree murder while armed in connection with the 2010 shooting death of 17-year-old Daron Alonte Lucas.

Justin Wilson was ordered held Thursday while a grand jury investigates after Judge Dixon found probable cause that Wilson was involved in the shooting death of 28-year-old Freddy Hawkins. Wilson is suspected of second-degree murder while armed and assault with intent to kill.

Stephen Page and James Brewer pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder while armed and related robbery offenses in connection with the 2011 shooting death of 71-year-old Solomon Reese.

A trial of four co-defendants charged with three murders began last week. Keir Johnson and Lester Williams are two of the co-defendants. The four men are charged with 80 criminal counts including conspiracy, first-degree murder, obstruction of justice, assault, and weapons charges related to the deaths of Jamal Coates, Paul Jones, and Sean Robinson.

Anthony Williams, 16, was ordered held Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree murder in the Nov. 5 shooting death of 24-year-old James Edward Booker.

Michael Smith pleaded guilty on Nov. 6 to fleeing law enforcement, acting as an accessory after the fact to an assault with intent to kill, and one other weapons charge in connection with the shooting death of 24-year-old Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo.

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