John Bolton Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison for Christopher Fletcher Death

John Bolton was sentenced to 26 years in prison Friday for the May 2011 shooting, and murder, of Christopher Fletcher. Judge John Johnson referred to Bolton as a “good” person to his family and friends, but also said Fletcher’s death was a tragedy that “did not have to happen” “As reflected here, this crime shows … Read more →

Jurors Find John Bolton Guilty of Second-Degree Murder in the Death of Christopher Fletcher

Jurors found John Bolton guilty of second-degree murder today in connection with the shooting death of Christopher Fletcher. Bolton was charged with first-degree murder; second-degree murder is a lesser charge. The jury also found Bolton guilty of three firearm charges. The jury deliberated for three days before delivering the verdict around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Fletcher’s … Read more →

In Opening Statements, John Bolton’s Attorney Says He Acted in Self-Defense

Opening statements in the murder case against John Bolton began Thursday with an argument from Bolton’s attorney that Bolton was acting in self-defense when he shot 41-year-old Christopher Fletcher. “To prevent Mr. Fletcher from stabbing him… Bolton fired the gun,” defense attorney Amanda Davis said. Bolton, Davis said, “wasn’t trying to kill” Fletcher. Prosecutors have … Read more →

Jury Selected in John Bolton Murder Trial

Jurors selected Wednesday are expected to hear opening arguments Thursday morning in the murder case against John Bolton, accused of killing Christopher Fletcher at a cookout in 2011. Bolton faces a charge of first degree murder and three weapons charges in the case. Charging documents allege that Bolton and Fletcher fought at a Southeast D.C. … Read more →

Thomas Lipscomb Killed For His Television, Prosecutors Allege

Judge Karen Howze found “substantial probability” Thursday afternoon that Dennis Washington murdered Thomas Lipscomb in April 2011. Prosecutors say Washington and another man, Christopher Fletcher, went to Lipscomb’s home — either to purchase marijuana or to collect on a debt, depending on witness accounts — but Washington decided to rob him of his television instead, … Read more →

John Bolton Pleads Innocent in Death of Christopher Fletcher

John Bolton pleaded innocent this morning to a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Christopher Fletcher. Fletcher, 41, was fatally shot May 25, 2011. Charging documents allege that a disagreement between the two men started with Bolton showed up at the cookout and, in the course of greeting people there, … Read more →

John Bolton held in death of Christopher Fletcher; Charging Documents Describe Disagreement Between Men

John Bolton was ordered help pending a preliminary hearing today at his first court appearance on a charge that he killed 41-year-old Christopher Fletcher following a Southeast DC cookout. Bolton, 49, is a resident of Southeast DC. Fletcher lived in Fairmont Heights, Md. According to charging documents in the case, a disagreement between the two … Read more →

John David Bolton arrested for death of Christopher Fletcher

A 49-year-old Southeast DC man was arrested today in connection with the shooting death of Christopher Fletcher in Southeast DC on May 24. John David Bolton is suspected of first degree murder while armed, MPD officials said. Fletcher, 41, was a resident of Fairmont Heights, Md. at the time of his death. MPD’s press release … Read more →

John David Bolton

  • Arrested: June 28, 2011
  • Age: 49
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Black

Convicted by jury in the May 24, 2011, death of Christopher Fletcher.