Week in Review

This post has been updated to include the death of a Southwest D.C. woman.

In brief:
Three homicides were reported this week in D.C.:

  • Xavier Lyles, 3, died Tuesday in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road, Southeast after police found him unconscious and unresponsive with no signs consistent with life.
  • Talbert Mitchell Bright, 48, died after being found shot near the intersection of 2nd Street and Massachusetts Avenue Northwest early Saturday morning.
  • Mary Anne Thomas was found unconscious and unresponsive on Friday morning in the 1200 block of Howison Place Southwest. Police say she died of a gunshot wound.

The body of a man found last Tuesday at 1800 block of 8th Street Northwest has been identified as Delano Wingfield, of Southeast D.C. Wingfield was discovered five days after Leon Young was found dead in the attic of the same house.

Prosecutors dropped a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the case against Corey Stoddard, suspected in the death of Kevin Lewis Crouch. Spokesperson William Miller said that the United States Attorney’s Office did not have sufficient evidence to go forward with Stoddard’s charge, but the investigation is ongoing.

James Walter Yates III pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of second-degree murder while armed in connection with the April shooting death of Andre Pierce Joyner. Under the plea agreement, Yates could be sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison; prosecutors have asked that Yates be sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Michael Marshall withdrew his plea Wednesday to second-degree murder in the death of Antonio Headspeath. Previously, Marshall pleaded guilty and prosecutors planned to dismiss his charges of first-degree premeditated murder while armed and five related gun charges in exchange for his plea.

Joshua Mebane’s attorneys rejected a plea offer and told Judge Jennifer Anderson that they will pursue an insanity defense in his case. Mebane is charged with first-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting death of Quadar Muhammad. His former codefendant Linda Bury pleaded guilty in May 2013 in connection with Muhammad’s death.

Judge Jennifer Anderson ruled there was substantial probability in the case against William Smallwood and Demitrich Jones for the shooting death of Rashard Raigns. Prosecutors argued that Smallwood, 22, and Jones, 16, planned to rob Raigns and video showed the two men covering their faces with shirts before they robbed Raigns.

Kevin Darrell Boykins, 43, was arrested and held in connection with the January shooting death of Kevin Lanard James. Charging documents say that James was killed in his car after a heated exchange with Boykins via text messages about a debt.

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