Week in Review

In brief:

Two homicides were reported in D.C. this week:

  • A shooting in the 2500 Block of Sayles Place, Southeast killed 23-year-old Demencio Lewis Thursday night.
  • A shooting Saturday evening near the intersection of East Capitol Street and Benning Road Northeast killed 20-year-old Kevin Marzell Leonard.

Corey Saxton was arrested in connection with the shooting death of Roshaine Henry, who was found inside a crashed car suffering from a gunshot wound. Saxton was ordered held Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Jurors began deliberating Tuesday in the murder case charging brothers David and Montez Warren with the May 2011 shooting death of Ervin Lamont Griffin. Prosecutors say Griffin was shot when he didn’t have anything to provide in a robbery.

Marvin Moore was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the stabbing death of his friend, Timothy Benjamin, in September 2013. Though Moore previously stated his intent to withdraw his guilty plea, Moore told the court he was ready to be sentenced on Friday.

Deonte Bryant and Terrance Bush were each sentenced to over sixty years in prison for the 2011 Caribbean festival shooting that killed Robert Foster Jr. and injured two others.

The retrial of James Sandidge began this week with opening statements. Sandidge, 22, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 20-year-old Keenan Jerel Lee. During Sandidge’s first trial, jurors failed to reach a verdict.

Kevin Walker pleaded innocent to two counts of first degree murder, two counts of possession of a firearm and one count of carrying a pistol without a license in connection with the shooting death of siblings, Jamie Jenkins, 28, and Jamahl Jenkins, 21 in July 2013.

Rasdavid Lagarde decided to give up his right to a preliminary hearing in court on Friday. Prosecutors say Lagarde was the person who fatally shot Howard University student Omar Sykes last July. Lagarde will remain held in connection with the case.

Howard Randolph was removed from a halfway house after he was found with two packs of K2, a synthetic cannabis, while he awaited trial. Randolph, 25, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of 21-year-old Rayshawn Hailstock in June 2013.

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