There were two homicides reported this week:
- Metropolitan police found an unidentified man dead on Tuesday in the backyard area of the 1800 block of 8th street Northwest. The body was found five days after Leon Young was discovered in the same area.
- Luis E. Avila Melendez, 27, of Northwest D.C., was found shot in the 1600 block of Columbia Road Northwest.
On Monday, jurors found Arik Adanti Sims guilty of first-degree premeditated murder while armed and three related weapons charges in connection with the shooting death of Lamar Fonville after nearly two days of deliberations. Fonville, 33, was discovered dead on a sidewalk in the 7400 block of Georgia Avenue Northwest in September 2012.
Jeffrey Neal, 21, was charged Saturday with second-degree murder in connection to the death of Leon Young. Young was found dead at 11:30 a.m. on June 12 in the 1800 block of 8th street Northwest. Neal told police that Young confessed to killing another man before Young attempted to stab him.
David Warren was sentenced Friday to 36 years in prison for the May 2011 shooting death of Ervin Lamont Griffin. Jurors found 32-year-old Warren guilty of two counts of first-degree murder while armed, second-degree murder while armed, kidnapping while armed, armed carjacking, armed robbery, and related weapons offenses.
Khari Natron Williams was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for fatally shooting Angelo Alphonso Payne in Dec. 2012. Judge John Ramsey Johnson sentenced Williams under the Youth Rehabilitation Act, meaning he was sentenced as a youth and he will have the opportunity to clear his conviction from his record after serving his sentence.
Judge Jennifer Anderson sentenced Calvin Shaw Friday to 107 years in prison for two shootings, including one which killed 19-year-old Crevontai Key on July 4, 2012. Shaw was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder while armed in connection with Key’s death and over 30 other assault and weapon charges in the two shootings.
A man found dead in a burning home earlier this month in Northeast D.C. has been identified by police and his death was ruled a suicide.