Week in Review

In brief:

No homicides were reported this week.

Attorneys gave their final arguments in the trial of Claire Rice, accused of killing her cousin, Anthony Garland Rice. Prosecutors portrayed the murder as a calculated and well-planned execution, carried out in order to cash in on two life insurance policies. Rice’s defense said she didn’t need the money and argued that Anthony Rice may have simply been killed in a robbery.

Jurors began deliberating in the trial of Andre Miles for the death of Sandy Green III. A key witness testified that she saw Miles shoot Green in broad daylight. Under cross-examination, she told a defense attorney: “I saw your client walk up and shoot Sandy.”

Prosecutors dropped all charges against Lennard Sweeney. He had been accused of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 38-year-old Edward Eugene Hall, Jr. on September 9.

A judge found probable cause against John Dyson and Alisha King for second-degree murder charges in connection with Arthur Lee Gaither’s death. Dyson will be held at the D.C. jail until his arraignment. King, who has no prior criminal record, was released into high intensity supervision.

A judge found substantial probability that Dominique Holmes committed second-degree murder in the shooting death of Ricky Kelly in October.

A judge found probable cause that Jarod Yorkshire committed first-degree murder and obstruction of justice for his alleged role in the death of Derrick Ragland.

Demitrich Jones and William Smallwood pleaded innocent to five criminal charges including felony murder while armed for the shooting death of 33-year-old Rashard Raigns in June.

A judge sentenced Don Demichie Page, Jr. to 14 years in prison for the June 2013 shooting death of Quentin Lavar White. White’s widow told the court: “This wasn’t a stranger who shot him. He knew him and I feel like when he killed one person, he took three lives.”

Antonio Hester pleaded innocent to first-degree murder and two weapons charges in the shooting that killed Tracy McFadden on June 19, 2013.

William Jackson, 27, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed for the shooting death of 22-year-old Delonte Hemphill. Jackson was released to a halfway house after being presented with a charge of second-degree murder for Hemphill’s death.

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