Orlando Carter Sentenced for Jail House Robbery

Orlando Carter, one of the five men convicted of taking part in the deadly South Capitol Street shootings was sentenced today to five and half years in prison for a robbery he committed while in custody at DC Jail.

The sentence is likely to be served concurrently to any sentence he receives in the South Capitol murder case.
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Jury Convict Five Men in South Capitol Shooting

Jurors today found five young men guilty in the South Capitol Street shootings more than two years after the killings and nearly two weeks of jury deliberations.

Orlando Carter, 22, and Jeffrey Best, 23, were convicted on five counts of first-degree murder, as well as charges of assault, conspiracy, gun possession and destruction of property.

Robert Bost, 23, was convicted of four counts of first-degree murder, while Sanquan Carter, 21, was convicted of one count.

Lamar Williams, 23, was found guilty of multiple counts of second-degree murder, as well as gun possession and conspiracy charges.
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South Capitol: A Look Back on Two Years in the Case that Captured DC’s Attention

Over eight days in spring 2010, five people under the age of 20 were shot and killed. Five men are now on trial for the shootings and a sixth pleaded guilty to five counts of murder and two counts of conspiracy, becoming a key witness for the prosecution.

Closing arguments are expected in the case today, with jury deliberations beginning soon. In this feature curration, Homicide Watch looks back on the past two years in the South Capitol Street Massacre.
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Links Roundup: This Week in the South Capitol Murder Case

Mothers of shooting victims injured and killed in the South Capitol Street shooting took the stand this week in the trial of five men charged with murder in the case.
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South Capitol Trial Links Roundup: Nathaniel Simms

Nathaniel Simms testified for a second day Thursday in the South Capitol Street murder case, telling the jury that he and his former co-defendants, now standing trial, shot at a group of mourners killing four and injuring six.
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Links Roundup: Man who Pleaded “Guilty” in South Capitol Street Murder Testifies

Nathaniel Dwight Simms testified yesterday in the South Capitol Street murder trial against his five former co-defendants; Simms pleaded guilty in April 2010 to five counts of second-degree murder while armed.

A links roundup of the testimony is after the jump.
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WaPo Explores Witnesses in South Capitol Case

The Washington Post‘s Keith Alexander writes about how MPD struggled to find cooperative witnesses in the South Capitol Street murder case.

In the aftermath of a deadly shooting outside a party at a Southeast Washington apartment building, investigators searched for evidence that would positively identify one of their top suspects. But they never found it, and nobody came forward to name him.
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WJLA: South Capital Street Victims and Defendants “Friends for Years”

WJLA has this report about the second week of the South Capitol Street murder trial:

South Capitol Links Roundup: “It was loud, like a war was going on.”

During the South Capitol murder trial, Homicide Watch will publish regular links roundups of coverage. Today’s stories are:

From the Washington Post:

The mother of a District man whose 2010 slaying set off a series of shootings that left four others dead and nine injured broke down in tears in D.C. Superior Court as she described hearing a hail of gunshots and seeing her dying son slumped over in the driver’s seat of a car.
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Links Roundup: South Capitol Street Shooting Trial Now Underway

The jury charged with determining the guilt and innocence of five D.C. men charged in a series of shootings known as the “South Capitol Street Massacre” heard opening statements today, the first day of presentations.

The defendants: Orlando Carter, 22; Sanquan, 21; Jeffrey D. Best, 23; Robert Bost, 23; and Lamar Williams, 23, are charged with participating in shootings that killed five young people and injured nine more.
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