Week in Review

In Brief:

Two people were killed in DC this week

  • Rashard Raigns, 33, was fatally shot in the 1900 block of Fenwick Street Northeast early Wednesday morning. Police released surveillance camera footage from near the scene and are seeking to identify three men seen in the images.
  • Cortez Carter, 23, of Capitol Heights, Maryland was fatally shot in Southeast DC early Friday morning.

A man fatally shot Friday May 30 in the 1200 block of North Capitol Street Northwest was identified as Donta Thrower of Northwest DC.

After nearly two-and-a-half years of being suspected in the shooting death of Junon Snead, Andrew Williams was found innocent Thursday by jurors after less than one day of deliberations. The trial began earlier this week. In closing arguments, defense attorney Kevin Irving asked jurors whether they could trust the testimony of security guards who detained a man for loitering but failed to follow up on a murder in the same night. Prosecutors had argued Snead was killed for refusing to retaliate against the guards who detained their friend that night.

Arik Sims‘ trial on charges that he shot and killed his friend, Lamar Fonville, because he believed Fonville burglarized his mother’s house began this week. Another of Sims’ friends, Geoffrey Adams, testified this week. He said that days after Sims told him he killed Fonville, he still didn’t know what to do. As a military police officer, he knew he was obligated to tell authorities, but Sims was like a brother to him, Adams said Thursday. “I was between a rock and a hard place,” said Adams on the stand.

Stephanie Lawson was sentenced to 33 months in prison for the stabbing death of her friend, Karen Jordan.

Andre Burks pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed and assault with a deadly weapon for the shooting death of Antwan Boseman and wounding another man after Burks and Boseman got into an argument.

Antonio Shaw pleaded innocent to charges of second-degree murder while armed and carrying a dangerous weapon outside a home or place of business in connection to the 2013 stabbing death of Ernest Heart.

Lillian Alvarado was found competent to stand trial for the death of her newborn son, according a May 29 report from the the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health.

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