Death of Transgender Woman Early this Morning May be Homicide

A person who died after being found unconscious early this morning in Columbia Heights is a transgender woman and her death may be a homicide, the Washington Blade reports.

D.C. police suspect a transgender woman who was found unconscious on the street at 11th and Fairmont streets, N.W., about 4 a.m. Saturday and who died a short time later at Howard University Hospital was the victim of a homicide.
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MPD Names Man Wanted in Columbia Heights Double Homicide

Irving Harris Johnson, from MPD “wanted” poster

MPD has identified a suspect in a fatal Columbia Heights shooting that killed Domonique Barber and Jimmie Lee Simmons.

Irving Harris Johnson is wanted in connection with the crime, MPD said Monday night in a press release. Johnson, 25, is a black male, 5’10, 160 pounds, with medium complexion and a lazy left eye, said MPD.

Barber and Simmons were shot just before six a.m. on July 9. A third shooting victim survived. Earlier reports indicated that there was gambling at the time of the shooting and that two black males were seen fleeing from the scene.

MPD’s “wanted” poster of Johnson, and their press release, are after the jump.
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Rodney McIntyre Pleads Guilty in Daughter Ebony Franklin’s Death

Rodney McIntyre pleaded guilty today to premeditated first-degree murder while armed in the death of his 17-year-old daughter, Ebony Franklin.

McIntyre appeared in front of Judge Lynn Leibovitz to make his plea today. Prosecutors have agreed to seek a term of 37 to 40 years for the 45-year-old defendant.

Franklin was found in a Columbia Heights trash can last November, prompting community outrage and concern that grew as the case lingered without an arrest for almost six months. Some of that concern came from McIntyre himself, who asked police, through the media, “what really happened with my daughter?

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 27.

Read the plea deal below and a press release from the USAO after the jump.

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Jimmie Lee Simmons III and Domonique Barber Identified as Victims of Fatal Columbia Heights Shooting

MPD this evening identified two men killed in a triple shooting in Columbia Heights Saturday morning as 32-year-old Jimmie Lee Simmons III and 31-year-old Domonique Barber. Both men were from Northwest D.C.

A third victim was admitted to the hospital in grave condition, MPD said.

Family and friends of the men commented on the crime and left memorial messages online throughout the day. Homicide Watch has gathered some of those messages.

MPD’s press release is after the jump.
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Shock, Disbelief and Sadness over Columbia Heights Triple Shooting

Read Homicide Watch’s earlier coverage of the incident here.

Two Dead, One Injured in Columbia Heights Shooting

Two people were killed and one was injured in a shooting in Columbia Heights just before 6 a.m. Saturday.

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NBC Washington reports that the victims are all adult men in their twenties and thirties and appeared to all be from the area.

Councilman Jim Graham sent the following information to the Columbia Heights listserve:

Dear Friends,

Sadly, I must inform you that, just before 6 AM this morning, three people were shot in the 1400 block of Parkwood Place. Two were shot in the head and are dead. A third victim is in critical condition. The ages and identities of the victims have not been determined, but preliminary reports are that they may have been adults. More will be known soon.

A weapon was recovered from the victim who went to the hospital.

Two Black males were seen running from the area on foot. But no suspects at this time.

Motives unclear, although there is a suggestion that they may have been gambling on the scene.

More information to be provided as it becomes available.

Councilmember Jim Graham

Capital Alert issued a warning after the incident.

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The lookout information was for two black males, one with dreads, a black t-shirt and black shorts and the other only described as wearing shorts.

WTOP and NBC Washington report that surveillance cameras are located on Parkwood Place and one is equipped with a microphone.
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Drug, Burglary, Violence Convictions in McIntyre's Record

Rodney McIntyre, accused of killing his teenage daughter, Ebony Franklin, in November, has an extensive prior record and spent time in and out of prison from the early ‘90s through the mid-naughts, according to court documents.

His arrest record dates back to 1983 and includes convictions in a string of misdemeanors and felonies including attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and drug charges.

Most recently, in 2005 he was convicted for threatening to injure a person. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for that charge.

There is no record of McIntyre being arrested on a sex crime charge in D.C.

McIntyre is due in court tomorrow to be presented with the murder charge.

Ebony Franklin Murder Arrest Link Roundup

When Ebony Franklin‘s body was found in a Columbia Heights trash can just after Thanksgiving weekend, the horror of the crime that killed her and tragedy of her loss were deeply felt through the neighborhood.

Still no word on Ebony Franklin’s killer,” Mariah Costello shared on Facebook just days after Franklin was found.

I still can’t bring myself to park back there and I still keep waking up in the middle of the night. No one’s trash has moved since monday, not pulled to the curb Tuesday, seems we didn’t have the will to. No kids outside. Neighbors keep looking at each other a little more uneasily. Is it one of us? Do we know them? Are they near here? I hate what this does to us.”

Some answers came, finally, on Saturday evening, nearly six months later. Franklin’s father, Rodney McIntyre, was responsible for the 17-year-old’s death, MPD Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

At a press conference Saturday night, Lanier said there was evidence that McIntyre had had a sexual relationship with his daughter and that she had been stabbed 17 times.

McIntyre, a 45-year-old Southeast DC man, is expected to be presented with a first degree murder while armed charge Monday in DC Superior Court.

Here’s a links roundup of coverage of the arrest yesterday.

Read more at WJLA, WUSA, WTOP, the Washington Times, DCist and in the Washington Post.

Columbia Heights Shooting Victim IDed as 21-year-old Terrence Desean Smith

A man shot and killed Monday night in Columbia Heights has been identified by police as 21-year-old Terrence Desean Smith.

Smith was found fatally shot in the rear of the 700 block of Columbia Road Northwest. Officers from the Third District responded to the address to investigate the sound of gunshots. Smith had been shot multiple times, MPD officials said.

MPD’s press release is after the jump.
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Man Shot, Killed in Columbia Heights Monday Night

A man was shot and killed Monday night at about 10:45 in Columbia Heights, the Washington Post reports this morning.

The man’s identity was not available.

MPD Commander Jacob Kishter informed the Third District via a listserve message that there had been a shooting last night.

An Alert DC message warned residents to lookout for two black males wearing army jackets and blue jeans in connection with the shooting.

The shooting was less than a mile from where Kevin Andre Washington‘s body was found on April 10.

Kishter asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact police at 2027279099 or 888919CRIME or to text 50411.